Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Butcher’s broom

2014-02-01 12.34.351. [In 1966 I noted down from my great-aunt, born in 1881] a cure for dropsy was butcher’s broom boiled and put on the affected part in poultice form [Belfast, 1991].

Images: Therfield Heath, Royston, Hertfordshire, May 2016; inset, Christmas wreath incorporating butcher’s broom sprayed with silver paint, Venice, Italy, January 2014.