Sunday, 14 August 2011

Stinking Roger and rotating owls

Black Horehound or "Stinking Roger" named because of the rather pungent odour the plant gives off to protect itself from being eaten by livestock.

Its other, equally colloquial name of "Madwort" derives from times past when the leaves were mixed with a pinch or two of salt, prepared as a dressing and applied directly to any wound caused by the bite of a mad dog. The resultant effect was to calm any otherwise uncontrollable spasms experienced by the patient.

If this doesn't excite you then how about an afternoon spent rotating your owl

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