Many plant families are well represented in Ireland. The Daisy Family – Asteracea – is widespread with varieties of Ragwort, Thistle, Knapweed and Hawkweed. Also the Geranium Family – Geraniaceae – containing the wonderful Burren wildflower, Bloody Cranesbill, several other Cranesbills and the well-known Herb Robert.
Conservation of our wildflowers is of the utmost importance as they are now facing threats on several different sides. One is the changing uses of land for building purposes or different agricultural practices and there is the increase in invasive species, particularly aquatic plants, which crowd out our native species. Also it is estimated that climate change will affect 15% of our Irish flora, the most vulnerable being alpine plants. Estimates are that as many as 120 species are under threat in Ireland, six on the verge of extinction. Through education and awareness of the diversity of our wildflowers, perhaps, just perhaps, the tide can be held back a little longer.