Three wildflowers flowering in the garden.
the garden. Among them are Mentha aquatica
(Water Mint), Hypericum, perforatum (Perforate St John's Wort) and Pulicaria dysenterica (Common Flea Bane).
Water Mint is a hairy perennial that smells
strongly of mint. It is found in damp ground,
is very popular with insects and is common
through Europe and some parts of Asia.
Perforate St Johns-wort is an upright perennial,
sometimes used to treat mild cases of depression.
Research is going on into its antibacterial
properties. It is poisonous in large doses
to grazing animals.
Common Flea Bane is a creeping perennial
found on heavy soils in damp places and is
also common throughout Europe and Asia.
It has been used in the past as an incense to
drive away insects and has been used in the
past as a treatment for dysentry.