A reminder of spring from this bright little wildflower on an autumn day,
It appears to have 10 petals but in fact it only has 5 which are deeply indented. When eventually it produces seed they are fired out from its capsule with an audible pop. Stitchwort is a perennial so can survive for a few years without near plants being produced. Most books will tell you that the flowers are borne in spring and early summer, but here they are still flowering happily in our warm, sunny, Scotland in October.