Bristly Oxtongue

(Picris echioides) In the Gironde district of France, they used to say that to cure a prick made by the bristles of this plant (if the identification is correct), one had to get up and cut a head of the same plant, and throw it behind one, without looking round (Sebillot). The leaf of Bristly Ox-tongue is used as a vegetable in southern Europe (Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk), and was cooked in England as a potherb in medieval times (Harvey). Binding the roots to the affected part in varicose veins was recommended as a cure at one time (see Tusser).

Briza media > QUAKING GRASS

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