Wednesday, 20 February 2008

One for Merete - Part 2

The leaves of Herb Robert or as I often refer to it "Bob the herb" (Geranium robertianum) Geranium coming from the Greek "geronas" - a crane, because the fruits are said to resemble the head and beak of the afore mentioned bird and hence the name of a relative of this plant "Cranesbill", are appearing now.

I am unaware of any parts of this plant used for food, but it has been used to treat skin conditions, kidney problems and to help staunch blood flow.

One plant which is actually starting to flower now is Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria), a member of the Buttercup family.

Another local name for this plant is "Pile Wort" and it has been used both historically and currently as a treatment for piles, often made into an ointment and applied externally.

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