A PRETTY wild plant, too common to need much description, but too much neglected for its virtues. The leaves are oblong, broad, and obtuse. The stalks are three or four inches high, and have no leaves. The flowers grow one on each stalk, and are of the breadth of a shilling, and whitish or reddish. The root is composed of a vast quantity of fibres.
The roots fresh gathered and given in a strong decoction, are excellent against the scurvy; the use of them must be continued some time, but the event will make amends for the trouble. People give these roots boiled in milk to keep puppies from growing, but they have no such effects.
The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.