Memory of war lives on in forest flowers

Sisyrinchium montanum

The Argonne forest near the Belgian border is home to certain colourful little flowers usually only found in America – they were brought over accidentally by troops in the First World War.

American soldiers have been visiting to see them and walk in the footsteps of their forebears, as part of the commemorations of 100 years since the armistice.

Forester Damien Georges of the Office National des Forêts said they found it moving to see the flowers. “It’s part of their history that no-one paid attention to before,” he said. “In the days when ...

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