Information on Meadow-foam

Common Name: Meadow-foam
Scientific Name: Limnanthes douglasii
Irish Name: Cúr léana
Family Group: Limnanthaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Meadow-foam is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.

This is a plant which merits inclusion here as it now appears to have established itself in the wild in several sites throughout the country.  It is low-growing, carpeting the ground with pale green pinnate leaves.  The flowers (2/3cm across) have five slightly lobed curved petals, each of which is yellow towards the centre of the flower with a large white area towards the outside.  Five light green sepals support each flower.  This annual plant blooms from May to September and it belongs to the family Limnnanthaceae.

I first recorded this plant near Ashford, Co Wicklow in 1988 and photographed it near Gibletstown, Co Wexford in 2007. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Also known as 'Poached-egg plant' this wildflower is a native of North America.  It's a useful friend to the gardener as its rich nectar-filled centre attracts hoverflies which in turn eat lots of aphids.