Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


1. I remember, as a little girl, if anyone in the family had a cut, or anything requiring to be healed, my grandmother would rush out to her small back garden in the back-yard and pick an angelica leaf to lay on the wound. My aunts also followed on using the same practice [Evington, Leicestershire, October 1996].

2. [Gypsies used to smoke hogweed, (Heracleum sphondylium)] and wild angelica too, the latter sometimes filled with dried and crushed elm [Ulmus sp.] leaves [Barnstaple, Devon, September 1992].

Images: main, wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris), Foots Cray Meadows, London Borough of Bexley, August 2017; inset, cultivated garden angelica (A. archangelica), Knole House, Sevenoaks, Kent, September 2016.