Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Irish ivy

1. In Rosneath village [Dumbartonshire] in the 1940s schoolgirls took a leaf of Irish ivy (Hedera hibernica ‘Hibernica’) off the wall near the church, slipped it inside their blouses and sang:
Ivy, ivy, I love you
In my bosom I put you
The first young man who speaks to me
My future husband he will be.
[In the] 1970s I met a young woman in Fairlie, Ayrshire coast, who made a concoction of ivy leaves for her corns with vinegar; she pointed to ‘Irish’ as the type used [Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, February 1991].

Image: Wouter Hagens, Wiki Commons.