Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


1. I was brought up in Shropshire and Worcestershire in very rural settings …
Any pea-shaped flower could be stroked and squeezed to make the stamens protrude, which we called a man having a pee [Bath, Somerset, August 2011].

Image of broom (Cytisus scoparius), from O.W. Thome, Flora von Deutschland, Osterreich und der Schweiz, 1885.