The Universal Herbal: Comarum Palustre; Marsh Cinquefoil.

The Universal Herbal;
or botanical, medical and agricultural dictonary.
Containing an account of All the known Plants in the World, arranged according to the Linnean system. Specifying the uses to which they are or may be applied, whether as food, as medicine, or in the arts and manufactures.
With the best methods of propagation, and the most recent agricultural improvements.
collected from indisputable Authorities.
Adapted to the use of the farmer - the gardener - the husbandman - the botanist - the florist - and country housekeepers in general.
By Thomas Green.
Vol. I
Printed at the Caxton Press by Henri Fisher.
Printer in Ordinary to His Majesty.
This plant has creeping woody roots, which send out many black fibres, penetrating deep into boggy ground; stems many, herbaceous, about two feet high, generally inclining to the ground: at each joint is one leaf, composed of five, six, or seven leaflets. The petals are not more than a third part of the size of the calix.-Native of most parts of Europe, on boggy ground. A few plants grow upon a bog at Hampstead; but the nearest place to London where it grows wild in plenty, is in the meadows near Guilford in Surry. It is found at Selburne in Hampshire, near Bromsgrove Lickey in Worcester shire, Gambingay in Cambridgeshire, in Norfolk, near Col chester in Essex, Giggleswick Tarn near Settle, and also in Scotland, and Ireland. It flowers in June. The roots dye wool of a dirty red colour; and have astringency enough, with other plants of the same order, to tan leather. The Irish rub their milk-pails with it, to make the milk appear thicker and richer. Goats eat it. Cows and sheep are not fond of it. Horses and swine refuse it. There is a variety with thicker and more villose leaves, which grows plentifully in the north of England, and in Ireland; but after one year's growth in a garden, it cannot be distinguished from the common sort. As this plant is a native of bogs, it cannot well be preserved in a garden, except it be planted in a soil resembling that in which it naturally grows. The roots may be removed from the place of their growth in October, and will be in no danger of failing, if they be planted in boggy ground.

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