Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Rag trees

1. Hawthorn [Crataegus] bush near the Hoe Pool on Bodmin Moor [Cornwall] known as the healing tree. Fragments of material or ribbons that had been in contact with a sick person or wound were tied to the tree. The belief was that as the materials rotted and were blown away so was the infection. 1970s [Hilltop Garden Club, Eastcombe, Gloucestershire, December 2013].

Image: Cloutie tree near Madron Well [Penzance, Cornwall], August 2006; Jim Champion, Wiki Commons.