THE commonest of all weeds, but not without its virtue. The right sort to use in medicine (for there are several) is that which grows so common in our garden-beds: it is low and branched. The stalks are round, green, weak, and divided; they commonly lean on the ground. The leaves are short and broad, of a pleasant green, not dented at the edges, and pointed at the end: these grow two at every joint. The flowers are white and small.
The whole plant, cut to pieces and boiled in lard till it is crisp, converts the lard into a fine green cooling ointment. The juice taken inwardly, is good against the scurvy.
The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.