Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Hairy brome

1. I have seen children strip the branches off the culm of Bromus ramosus and make a running noose of the thin end with which to catch newts. The newts submitted to having these put round their heads without any sign of fear [Syston, Leicestershire, January 1991].

Image: Baslow, Derbyshire; July 2015.