Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


0601. Silverweed – siller girse, swine’s mooriks, fernie cairds – used for indigestion, and gives a red and yellow dye …
Vernal squill [Scilla verna], tuberous oat-grass [Arrhenatherum elatius var. bulbosum], silverweed, marsh woundwort [Stachys palustris] and very small potatoes – all known as grice mooriks; a grice is a pig, and a moorik is an edible root [Lerwick, Shetland, March 1994].

Images:  main, Cutty Sark Gardens, Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, May 2014; inset, shore of Derwent Water, Keswick, Cumbria, May 2015.