Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Traveller's Joy

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Traveller's Joy.

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Traveller's Joy.

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Traveller's Joy - Clematis Vitalba.

Traveller's joy is only found on St Mary's and has probably escaped from gardens. There is a patch at the entrance of the business park and some scrambling over a wall on the dump track.

The flower is a large woody climber, has a clematis and the stems are grooved and the leaf stems can twist and twine. The flowers are fragrant, with a vanilla scent, and four greenish petals with pom-poms of stamens. The seeds are held in long white/grey hairy plumes which give it the common name of Old man's beard.

The botanical name, Clematis Vitalba, means a plant that climbs like a vine and is a white vine. It was called Traveller's joy because it grew along well used tracks, cast welcome shade, had beautiful flowers and smelt pleasant.

Traveller's Joy is the food source of caterpillars of many species of moth. In the Stone Age rope was made out of it in Switzerland. In Slovenia baskets were woven for onions. Also the stems were used to bind crops as mice wouldn't gnaw them.

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.