Monday, 11 May 2020

5th-7th May - Wild flower medley

The hedgerows in May improve by the day. Here are a few of my favourites seen on recent rambles.
Wood avens
Wood avens is known by many names. Others include: Colewort, Herb Bennet & St Benedict's herb. The latter two names probably arose from the medieval Latin name Herba Benedicta meaning the blessed herb. It was widely used in herbal medicine at this time. Today it is still used by herbalists to treat a wide range of conditions including gout, diarrhoea, heart disease & ulcers.

Herb robert
Herb robert is a delicate pink wild geranium is thought to be named after the 11th century French saint Abbot Robert of Molesme. In days gone by its leaves were used to make a tea that boosted the immune system or were rubbed on the skin as an insect repellent.

Red campion
Red campion is also known as Adder's flower. Herbalists of yore would use its seeds to treat snakebites.

A carpet of Red campion

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