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Mercurialis perennis

Mercuriale vivace
Dog’s Mercury

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

green

Flower size

4-5 mm

Flowering months

April,

May

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

20-40 cm

Description

A woodland plant with a creeping rootstock, carpeting large areas. The roots when dried turn blue, losing its toxicity through drying or boiling.

Dioscorides administered tinctures of the male flowers to produce a male child and the female flowers to produce a female child.

Flowers

The female and male flowers are on separate plants, the anthers make the male flowers appear yellow.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle, Elliptic oval leaf. Long, wider in the middle, pointed to oval, with serrated margins, opposite on the stem, with stalks.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: with fine hairs in two valves, 7 mm.

Medical

Long medicinal history going back to ancient Greece and its famous doctor and botanist Dioscorides. No longer used today.

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