Credits and Information Sources

I am extremely grateful to the following people and resources for helping me to set up this website:

  • In the last two years I have been a member of the Wexford Naturalists Field Club and have been lucky to be on the receiving end of a lot of knowledge most generously given which is documented on relevant web-pages. One member of this Club, Jimmy Goodwin one of the developers from Coded, was kind enough to take on the job of helping me to get this website professionally designed and set up, and I thank him for his patience.
  • Staff at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin have been very helpful with identifications, namely Colin Kelleher and Daragh Lupton.
  • Our wildflowers have played a substantial role in Ireland’s tradition of folklore. On this website, small extracts of recorded folklore can be found on individual wildflower pages. For information on the folklore of these plants, I have drawn from two manuscript collections of folklore transcripts in the archives of the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin. These are the so-called "Main Manuscript Collection", dating from approximately 1930 - present, and the "Schools' Folklore Collection" (1937-38). Material from both of these sources is reproduced here with the permission of the Director of the Centre. I am most grateful for the support and encouragement given to me by Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, Archivist-Collector and his colleague, Jonny Dillon, Archivist.

Also of immense help have been the following books:




Allaby, Michael

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany (1992)

Oxford University Press

Blamey, Marjorie
Fitter, Alastair
Fitter Richard

The Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe (1974)


Colgan Nathanial, MRIA       Flora of the County Dublin     Hodges, Figgis & Co., Ltd., 1904

Curtis, T.G.F
McGough, H.N

The Irish Red Data Book (1988)

Wildlife Service

Grey-Wilson, Christopher

Wild Flowers of Britain and Northwest Europe (1996)

Dorling Kindersley

Grigson, Geoffrey

The Englishman’s Flora (1975)


Mabey, Richard

Food for Free (1972)


McClintock, David
Fitter, R.S.

Collins Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers (1978)


Nelson, Charles

Wild Plants of the Burren and the Aran Islands (1999)

The Collins Press

Peterson, Nicola

Herbs and Health (1989)

Bloomsbury Books

Press, Bob
Gibbons, Bob

Wild Flowers Of Britain and Europe (2002)

New Holland Publishers

Reynolds, Sylvia C.P.

A catalogue of alien plants in Ireland (2002)

National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

Ross, Ruth Isabel

Pocket Guide to Irish Wildflowers (1987)

Appletree Press

Scannell, Mary J.P.
Synnott, Donal M.

Census Catalogue of the Flora of Ireland 1987

Stationery Office, Government Publications.

Spencer-Jones, Rae
Cuttle, Sarah

Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland (2005)

Kyle Cathie Limited.

Sayers Brendan & Sex Susan. Ireland's Wild Orchids: a field guide. Brendan Sayers & Susan Sex.

Sugden, Andrew

Longman llustrated Dictionary of Botany (1984)

Longman York Press

Sterry, Paul

Complete British Wild Flowers (2006)


Stokoe, W.J.

The Observer’s Book of British Wildflowers.


Vĕtvička, Václav

Wildflowers of Meadows and Marshes (1981)


Webb, D.A., Sc.D.

An Irish Flora (1977)

Dundalgan Press (W. Tempest) Ltd.


Birds, Trees and Flowers (1949)

Odhams Press Limited