Flora's Dial

A dial formed by flowers which open or close at stated hours. I. Dial of flowers which open—

(a) The first twelve hours.

A.M. OPENS.

1. (Scandinavian Sowthistle closes.)

2. Yellow Goat's-board.

3. Common Ox-tongue.

4. Hawkweed; Late-flowering Dandelion; and Wild Succory.

5. White Water-lily; Naked-stalked Poppy; and Smooth Sowthistle.

6. Shrubby Hawkweed and Spotted Cat's-ears.

7. White Water-lily; Garden Lettuce; and African Marigold.

8. Scarlet Pimpernel; Mouse-ear Hawkweed; and Proliferous Pink.

9. Field Marigold.

10. Red Sandwort.

11. Star of Bethlehem.

Noon. Ice Plant.

(b) The second twelve hours.

Midnight. (Late-flowering Dandelion closes.)

II. Dial of closing flowers—(a) The first twelve hours.

(b) The second twelve hours.

Midnight. Creeping Mallow and Late Dandelion.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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