Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


0241. The Jersey-French-Norman name [for soapwort] of des mains jointes comes from the plant’s jointed rhizomes, which were used to heal wounds in cattle [St Saviour, Jersey, May 1993].

Images: main, cultivated, Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, Southbank Centre, London Borough of Lambeth, July 2014; inset, cultivated, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, May 2015.