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A plant kept in our kitchen gardens. It grows three or four feet high. The stalk is round, hollow, striated, and somewhat branched: the leaves are each composed of three or five smaller, two or four set opposite and one at the end; they are oblong, serrated at the edges, and sharp pointed; the end leaf is longer than the others. The flowers are little: they stand in round clusters on the tops of the branches. The root is of a singular form: it is composed of several long parts like carrots. They are of a good taste, and some people eat them at their tables.

A decoction of them works by urine, and is good against the gravel. The roots boiled in milk, are an excellent restorative to people who have suffered long illnesses.

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