Sonbeforethefather

is a name given to all plants that flower before the leaves appear, COLTSFOOT, for instance (Grigson. 1955). It is Filius ante patrem, and the Dutch have Zoon-voot-de-vader (Clair). MEADOW SAFFRON (Colchicum autumnale) is another, with Daughter-before-the-mother (Grigson. 1959), as an alternative. CUDWEED, too, and as a result it was called herba impia, Wicked Herb, by the old botanists, wicked because of its way of growth. The main stem has its flowers at the top, but underneath this grow two or more flowering shoots, all rising above the main stem. Therein lies the wickedness, for it conveys the idea that children were "undutifully disposed to exalt themselves above the parent flower" (Pratt).

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