5 plants the Romans gave us | Heritage Calling

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Greater celandine growing against a garden wall. Photograph by John Vallender

Greater celandine growing against a garden wall. Photograph by John Vallender

Chelsea Flower Show is in full swing, and we’ve been gripped by gardening fever. The British love to get out in the garden but did you know some of our most familiar garden plants and weeds were introduced around two thousand years ago when Britain became part of the Roman Empire?

The arrival of the Romans saw an explosion in the types of plant foods eaten. Whilst some of these foods, like olives, would never have been grown in this country, others such as cherries and plums, were cultivated in gardens and orchards and remain with us today. Other plants hitched a ride in imported grain or other goods and established themselves as weeds in our fields and hedgerows. Some of these plants were deliberately introduced and escaped from cultivation while others were introduced by…

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