A British wild flower, which was introduced from
and is now found throughout
in wet places.
It thrives in wet places, especially beside streams and in marshy
A medium perennial with
yellow flowers from June to September.
The petals are intricately folded with 2 lips (upper lip has 2
lobes and lower has 3 lobes), giving the impression of a grinning face -
hence the name.
The plant is used in Bach flower remedies - the keywords for
prescribing it are 'Fear or anxiety of a known origin'.
Instructions for Sowing Seeds:
Sow seed in
spring in a greenhouse or cold frame. When the seedlings are large
enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots.
Plant the seedlings out into their final position in summer.
plants and seeds are of British origin.