Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


1. [He told me that Turkish valerian, Valeriana phu,  is] is called God’s hand leaf … He explained that the leaves were wrapped round such things as an infected sore on a finger and kept in place overnight [Greenway, Gloucestershire, September 1993].

2. [Valerian] was always called cut-leaf and I well remember being told to rub the leaf on cuts and scratches [Birdham, West Sussex, July 1993].

Image: common valerian, Valeriana officinalis, cultivated, South London Botanical Institute, London Borough of Lambeth; July 2014.