David McFadden <[log in to unmask]> wrote
>Does anyone know of an Irish flower that sounds like "bookalong"?
>During a recent trip to Ireland the word came up in connection with
>the telling of an old tale about a treasure being buried near a field
>of bookalong flowers.
This sounds like the "Buachaill Lan" flower which translated from the Gaelic
means "Tall Boy" pronounced "Buach-Kill-Lawn."
The Buachaill Lan is a relative of the Giant Hogweed and is poisonous though
not so dangerous as its giant cousin.
It's a tallish stalky plant with a bright yellow flower, which if not
controlled grows in profusion in meadow land. If my memory serves me right
it was/is illegal to allow the Buachaill Lan to grow uncontrolled in Ireland.
I know the story you refer to about the treasure - told to me around 1963
when I was about 4 years old by my late grandfather. What a wonderful yarn!
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