SU0828 : Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum), Harewarren

taken 7 years ago, near to Burcombe, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum), Harewarren
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum), Harewarren
In traditional herbalism, Herb Robert is used as a remedy for toothache and nosebleeds. An infusion made from the whole plant, minus the root, has been used for its diuretic and tonic effect and as a remedy for dysentery. It is also used on wounds, having both an antiseptic and a styptic effect. Freshly picked leaves have a peculiar odour when crushed, and if they are rubbed on the body the smell is said to repel mosquitoes. Herb-Robert is a ubiquitous sprawling plant well-known for its strong disagreeable mousy smell and its cheerful bright pink flowers. This odour is referred to by the local names stinking Robert and stinky Bob. In folklore it is the plant belonging to the mischievous house goblin Robin Goodfellow (the name Robin is a diminutive of Robert). This leafy plant is generally hairy, with bright green finely divided leaves and reddish-tinged stems. It has many varied local names including bloodwort, which reflects the use of the plant in folk medicine to staunch blood flow. Although the petals are usually bright pink, white forms arise in some areas. Its strong smelling leaves, which turn fiery red in autumn, gained this plant the reputation of being able to treat blood disorders in medieval times. This was due to the “Doctrine of Signatures,” widespread in mediaeval medicine, which implied that any plant with healing ability would reveal itself through “shape or colour”, and plants that resembled a part of the human body were used to treat illnesses of that part of the body.
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Sunday, 6 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 15 June, 2010
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Flora   (more nearby)
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WGS84: 51:3.5199N 1:53.2164W
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