Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Sheep’s bit

1. Names learnt in St Austell, Cornwall, when I was a young child (let’s say about 1989) … Jasione montana, sheep’s-bit scabious – policeman’s buttons [e-mail, January 2013].

2. The picking of flowers of sheep’s bit is supposed to give one warts [Truro, Cornwall, December 1993].

Images: main, Howth Peninsula, Fingal, November 2014; inset, Hartland Quay, Devon, June 2016.