Monday, 20 July 2009

Fever!

Another plant today which has been used in antiquity for it's medicinal qualities. Familiar to gardeners, Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium).
Slightly scented of citrus when crushed, it has been used to treat headaches, digestive problems and arthritic conditions for centuries. Prolonged use of Feverfew can lead to a dependence and subsequent withdrawal symptoms. The small, daisy-like flowers are quite ornamental, so the plant is commonly planted in gardens.
Finally for today and with apologies to Malcolm's mum, who doesn't like them, a snail. To be specific, a Brown-Lipped Snail (Cepaea nemoralis).
I mentioned the White Lipped Snail back in May and the Brown Lipped Snail is a close relative. The shell is very variable in colour but the distinguishing feature is the brown 'lip' around the shell opening.
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