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~Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature~
~Nervn~ 1808


SECRET NAMES OF FLOWERS

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Flowers are sometimes referred to by different names like in Shakespeare's Macbeth,
The Eye of Newt, and Toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and Tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and Blind-worm's sting
Lizard's leg and Howlet's wing
They sound like a combination of animal parts, but all the references are to plants and flowers. The ~tongue of dog~ is referring to Houndstongue, (Cynoglossom officinale). This herb supposedly has the power to quiet the barking of dogs. ~Adder's fork~ is Adder's tongue, (Ohioglossum vulgatum), a fern reputed to have healing properties.
Given below are a few secret names of flowers..... If you know of any others please let me know.... :)
flower A Bone of an Ibis - Buckthorn
flower A Hawk's Heart - Heart of Wormwood
flower A Lion's Hairs - Tongue of a Turnip (i.e., the leaves of the taproot)
flower A Man's Bile - Turnip Sap ( Brassica napus)
flower A Pig's Tail - Leopard's Bane
flower An Eagle - Wild Garlic (Trigonella foenumgraecum)
flower Ass's Foot or Bull's Foot - Coltsfoot
flower Bat's Wings - Holly
flower Bear's Foot - Lady's Mantle
flower Blood of Ares - Purslane
flower Blood of an Eye - Tamarisk Gall
flower Blood of a Goose - A Mulberry Tree's Milk
flower Blood from a Head - Lupine
flower Blood of Hephaistos - Wormwood
flower Blood of Hestia - Camomile
flower Blood from a Shoulder - Bear's Breach ( Acanthus mollis or Helleborus foetidus)
flower Bull's Blood or Seed of Horus - Horehound
flower Calf's Snout - Snapdragon
flower Fat from a Head - Spurge
flower From the Belly - Earth-apple
flower From the Foot - Houseleek
flower From the Loins - Camomile
flower Graveyard Dust - Mullein
flower Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon - Dill Seed
flower Kronos' Blood - of Cedar
flower Semen of Ammon - Houseleek
flower Semen of Ares - Clover
flower Semen of Helios - White Hellebore
flower Semen of Herakles - this is Mustard-rocket [probably Eruca sativa]
flower Semen of Hermes - Dill
flower Semen of Hephaistos - This is Fleabane
flower Sparrow's Tongue - Knotweed
flower Tears [Sleep Sand] of a Hamadryas Baboon - Dill Juice
flower Unicorn Root - Ague Root
flower Wolf Claw - Club Moss
flower Wolf's Milk - Euphorbia

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