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Cleavers.

Botanical name:

Aparine.

A WILD herb common in all our hedges, and known by sticking to people's clothes as they touch it. The stalks are square and very rough, two feet long, but weak and unable to support them selves; they climb among bushes. The leaves are long and narrow, and of a pale green; they grow several at every joint, encompassing the stalk in the manner of the rowel of a spur; they are rough in the same manner with the stalk, and stick to every thing they touch. The flowers are small and white; the seeds grow two together, and are roundish and rough like the rest of the plant; the root is fibrous.

The juice of the fresh herb is used; it cools the body, and operates by urine; it is good against the scurvy, and all other outward disorders. Some pretend it will cure the evil, but that is not true.


The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.



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