Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hound's-tongue




















Hounds-tongue or Cynoglossum officinale. Also from the lizard walk. This is a striking plant with lovely crimson flowers. 
Most flowers with 'officinale' in their Latin binomial were important to herbalists. There's a great quote from the Wikipedia page for Hound's-tongue: "Herbalists use the plant as a treatment for piles, lung diseases and persistent coughs.[4] Houndstongue ointment is said to cure baldness and be used for sores and ulcers.[4] These uses are not supported by scientific evidence."
 
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