Botanical name: 

Lupinus sativus albus

There are many lupines kept in gardens, but the best kind for use is the white-flowered; it grows to a yard high, the stalk is round, thick, firm, and of a pale green. The leaves stand on long foot stalks, and are each composed of seven, eight, or nine long narrow ones, disposed in the manner of fingers; these are also of a whitish green colour. The flowers are large and white, of the shape of a pea-blossom. The pods are hairy. A decoction of the seeds of lupines, drank in the manner of barley water, not only works by urine, but is good to bring down the menses, and open all obstructions. It is excellent in the beginning of consumptions, jaundices, and dropsies; but when those diseases are advanced to a height, more powerful remedies are to be employed. A decoction made very strong is good to wash the heads of children that have breakings out upon them; they cleanse and dispose them to heal.

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