This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Spring beauty - Claytonia Perfoliata.
Spring Beauty is found on all the inhabited islands. It is a arable plant, but I recently found a plant on the banks of the path between Old Grimsby Quay and the Ruin Cafe.
It is a North American plant originally. One of its common names is Indian, as in native American, lettuce and also Miners lettuce as it was used by Californian miners in the gold rush to provide vitamin C to prevent scurvy.
The botanical name, Claytonia Perfoliata, is named after a British-born plant collector John Clayton who went to live in North America, and describes the leaves. Perfoliate leaves looks like the stem pierces the leaf.
Spring Beauty came to this country in 1794. Archibald Menzies bought it to Kew Gardens.
Medicinally the leaves are gently laxative and duretic. Possibly another reason not to eat Spring Beauty. The leaves can also be used as a poultice for rheumatic joints.
You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new Wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.