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A common herb in our kitchen gardens. It grows two feet high; the stalk is round, thick, and juicy; the leaves are broad and cleft at the bases, so that they resemble a broad arrow head: the flowers are inconsiderable; the seeds grow on other plants of the same kind, and are rough and prickly: the root is white and oblong.

The leaves are eaten at our tables; but their juice may very well be recommended as a medicine. It works by urine, and is good against the gravel. The leaves eaten frequently, keep the body open.

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