Combining two themes from previous posts – street plants and graffiti – here is my contribution to Loose and Leafy’s linkbox page: Street Plant Bloggers.
This artwork is to be found on the side of a pub in Highgate, but recently has often been hidden by a board left resting against the wall. On my way to a job last week and with a few more stops before my destination, I spotted that the board wasn’t there for a change. I jumped to get off the bus to take a photo of the painting with the weed I knew to be growing at the foot of both the wall and Audrey Hepburn.
The urban wild plant in question is, I believe, Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus). To confirm my suspicions, I could’ve broken off a piece of the plant to see if it dribbled latex, typical of the Poppy family to which it belongs. But I didn’t think of it – I was in a a rush, remember… Traditionally, its latex has been used to remove warts, and the plant was popular in cottage physick gardens. It’s not a weed I spy very much. Others nearby include Dandelion. At the moment, with cooling temperatures and daylight hours shortening, Chickweed is germinating, preferring these conditions to those of high summer. There’s lots of it about, fuzzing up pavement cracks and edges.
For more posts on pavement plants, go to looseandleafy.blogspot.co.uk