Friday, 27 April 2012

North Wales Nature

Came across this pretty wild-flower while walking in Bodlondeb Woods yesterday.

Apparently it's called Greater Stitchwort and it's Latin name is Stellaria Holostea. It's common name is derived because it was believed to cure "stitches" in the side caused by running, although there's no evidence that's true. There's even less evidence for the other superstitions surrounding the plant - which include that it was one of the Devil's favorite plants and home to malevolent pixies. Picking it was said to bring bad luck, including attracting adders and even lightning strikes! Thank goodness I didn't pick any!


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