By Bobby J. Ward
An pleasing survey of eighty plant genera, with a large number of references to, and extracts from, fable and literature during the a while. This pleasant e-book will encourage you to examine your personal backyard in a brand new gentle, in line with what William Blake or the traditional Romans acknowledged approximately them.
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However, the stems and leaves contain needle-shaped crystals of calcium oxalate, a powerful skin irritant. The genus name Arum is from the Greek aron, the classical name for the plant. It is related to an old Arabic word ar, for fire, a reference to the burning or bitter taste of the leaves. The elegant and formal look of the upright spadix and surrounding spathe has resulted in a quaint and picturesque common name, lords and ladies, which most Page 46 frequently refers to A. maculatum. Cuckoo-pint, cuckoo-pintle, and priest's pintle are common names used in some British counties.
Here gathered in a single, fruitful volume is a harvest many years in the gleaning. Curious, questing, and determined, Ward has trailed, traced, and tracked down hundreds of literary references to many of our favorite flowers. His patience provides us all with the rich reward of hours of sumptuous browsing in this storehouse of reverie. Like many dedicated gardeners (who tend to be closet if not overt sensualists), I am an inveterate bathtub reader. As the foam-stained pages of my copy of this bulky manuscript can attest, A Contemplation Upon Flowers has been a frequent companion.
Taking revenge on her husband, Jason, she poisoned her children with a brew from the aconite. ) Ovid told of Medea's use of aconite and went on to give the dark origin of the plant, in which Heracles, or Hercules or Alcides in Roman mythology, left the nether regions to carry out his twelfth labor and took with him Cerberus, the watch-dog of hell. The three-headed animal furiously spat venomous saliva that fell to the earth and from which sprouted the aconite. Medea, to dispatch a dang'rous heir, (She knew him) did a pois'nous draught prepare, Drawn from a drug, long while reserved in store, For desp'rate uses, from the Scythian shore, That from the Echydnaean monster's jaws Derived its origin, and this the cause.