(Polygonum persicaria) In Gaelic, it is: lus chrann censaidh - the herb of the Crucifixion; it grew under the Cross, and the leaves were spotted by Christ's blood (Grigson. 1955), a belief also known in Lincolnshire (Gutch & Peacock). Another version of the legend is that the Virgin Mary rejected the plant, leaving her mark on the leaf. Throwing it aside, she said, "This is useless", and useless it has been ever since. It actually bears the name 'Useless' in Scotland, but other relevent names are Virgin's Pinch and Pinchweed (Grigson. 1955), even Devil's Pinch in Dorset (Macmillan).
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