Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Musk Storksbill

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Musk Storksbill.

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Musk Storksbill.

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Musk StorksbillErodium Moschatum.

Musk Storksbill is found on all the inhabited islands and likes disturbed ground or arable fields. There is a nice patch at the top of Buzza Hill by the start of the path going down.

The name storksbill comes from the seedheads that looks like the bill of a stork, a long beaked wading bird. The pink purple five petaled flowers of the Musk Storksbill have a yellow centre and are backed by green sepals. The two centermeter flowers are small in relation to the 4 centimeter seed heads. The leaves are quite large, up to 15 cm long, lobed and toothed, and they form a flat rosette. It is hairy and smells musky.

The botanical name, Erodium Moschatum, means a plant has something about it that looks like a Heron that smells musky. It has a couple of common names of Pin clover or Pin grass, it is neither clover or grass, which refers to the long thin seed.

Musk Storksbill is edible and supposed to taste a little like parsley. It can be used in salads or as a herb. Please don't eat anything unless you absolutely sure what you are doing.

As a herbal medicine it has been used to treat dysentery and typhoid. Also to increase the flow of breast milk and in a bath to relieve rheumatism.

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.