A COMMON plant about the hedges, and m dry pastures. It grows near a yard high, and has small flowers, and after them rough seeds dis posed in umbels, at the tops of the branches, those are hollow, and thence called by the children birds' nests.
The stalks are striated and firm, the leaves, are divided into fine and numerous partitions, and are of a pale green and hairy; the flowers are white.
The seed is the part used in medicine, and it is a very good diuretic; it is excellent in all disorders of the gravel and stone, and all obstructions of urine; it is also good in stoppages of the menses.
The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.