Common milkwort is a low-growing, sometimes trailing, flower of grasslands, particularly those of chalky soils. It blooms from May to September, the delicate flowers appearing in a variety of colours from dark-blue, through pink to white.
What to look for
Common milkwort has narrow and pointed leaves that grow alternately up the stem. Its similar and close relative, Heath milkwort, has leaves that are opposite each other. The small, blue flowers appear in loose clusters at the end of the stem.
Where to find
Did you know?
Medieval herbalists prescribed Common milkwort to nursing mothers in the belief that it made 'milk more abundant'. This idea came from its Greek name of 'much milk', which probably actually referred to the milk they got from the cattle that grazed where it grew.