Plowman's Spikenard.

Botanical name: 

Baccharis monspeliensium.

Plate 39. A tall robust wild plant with broad rough leaves, and numerous small yellowish flowers, frequent by road-sides, and in dry pastures. The plant grows three feet high. The stalks are round, thick, upright, and a little hairy. The leaves are large, broad from the root, and narrower on the stalk; they are blunt at the points, and a little indented at the edges. The flowers grow on the tops of the branches, spreading out into a large head from a single stem; they are little and yellow: the seeds have down fixed to them. The root is brown and woody; the whole plant has a fragrant and aromatic smell.

The leaves and tops given in decoction, are good agaist inward bleedings. The root, dried and powdered, is a remedy for purgings, and is good against the whites.

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