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Orpine.

Botanical name:

Plate 37. Telephum.

A very beautiful wild plant, of a foot high or more, with fresh green leaves, and tufts of bright red flowers; common in our hedges in autumn in many parts of England. The stalk is round and fleshy; the leaves are oblong, broad, and indented round the edges, and their colour is a bluish green. The flowers are small, but they are very beautiful; the root is white and thick. The whole plant has a fleshy appearance, and it will grow out of the ground, a long time, taking its nourishment from the air.

The juice of orpine is good against the bloody flux: the best way of giving it is made into a thin syrup, with the finest sugar, and with the addition of some cinnamon.


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

christian massey


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