Atamasco Lily

(Zephyranthes atamasco) Equally well-known under the names Swamp Lily, or Zephyr Lily, this is an American plant from the southern states of the USA. From Alabama: "For boils, take equal parts of sumac, sage and swamp-lily root, and boil into a strong infusion, strain, and put in a cupful of lard and fry until the water is out. Apply on a flannel cloth" (R B Browne).


is said to owe its peculiar flavour to the addition of a small bag of AVENS in each cask (Grieve. 1931).

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