A litte garden shrub, green all the winter. The trunk is covered with a reddish brown bark. The branches are numerous, and stand confusedly. The leaves are small, narrow, of a dark green colour, and prickly. The flowers are very small, and of a yellowish colour; and the fruit is a small berry, of a black colour when ripe, and covered with a bluish dust like the bloom of a plum.
The tops of the young branches are used; they are best fresh, and given in the manner of tea. They very powerfully promote the menses; and if given to women with child, will frequently cause a miscarriage. (Don't do this. If you don't succeed, but take enough to damage your fetus, what will you do then? -Henriette.) The country people give the juice mixed with milk to children, as a remedy against worms: it generally works by stool, and brings worms away with it. (Wouldn't do this either. I think of savine as a plant to avoid, nevermind worms. -Henriette.)