Definition of cuckooflower in English:



  • A spring-flowering herbaceous European plant with pale lilac flowers, growing in damp meadows and by streams.

    Cardamine pratensis, family Cruciferae

    Also called lady's smock
    • ‘A stretch of damp marshy grassland containing rush species and occasional cuckooflowers runs along the western perimeter of the Southern Meadow.’
    • ‘In drier areas one can expect to find wild angelicas, Iceland rush, cuckooflowers, red fescue, sea peas and many other species.’
    • ‘The meadows support a range of grasses and plants including the lilac-coloured blooms of cuckooflower or lady's smock.’
    • ‘Gama Valley is famous for the luxuriantly green forest, colorful cuckooflowers, limpid spring, deep and steep gorges and various birds.’
    • ‘He wanders in the nearby hills and woods to gather cuckooflowers, cowslips, stitchworts, elder flowers and of course nettles.’


Late 16th century: so named because it flowers at the time of year when the cuckoo is first heard calling.