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France's wild flowers are disappearing

by webdev

October 25, 2011

Common wild flowers that are harvested in France have vanished from the countryside, The Guardian reports. Flowering plants such as Pheasant's eye, cornflower, corncockly and Venus's looking glass are becoming a rare sight, causing the country's environmental ministry to take notice.

The organization is starting a plan to preserve these plants, all of which have a life cycle closely linked to the harvest. In the past, they have grown with crops such as wheat, rye and other cereals, but have not been able to stand up to the intensive farming, as they are often seen as weeds by those in the agricultural sector.

"All over Europe the situation is the same, with these species in serious decline," Amélie Coantic, of the ministry's wildlife department, told the news source. "Out of 102 varieties identified in France, 52 are under threat and seven have already disappeared."

Poppies are still plentiful in the French countryside, and autumn flowers like sunflowers can still be found at the markets. Order French-inspired sunflower bouquets online for a country-chic look. Sunflowers also make great fall wedding flowers.

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