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Eyebright

Observed: 30th July 2009 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Plantslpearce’s reputation in Plantslpearce’s reputation in Plants
Eyebright (Euphrasia nemorosa)
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This plant lives up to its common name, its small flowers make up for their size by their vivid white colour.

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Euphrasia

As with dandilions the eyebright group is so large and complex I simply have not got the interest to bother identifying to species.

These plants are one of the best examples of the Medaeval idea that if a plant looked like an ailment's symptoms or a part of the human body then it must be good for treating it. In this case the flower is supposed to look like the purple and yellow discolouration of a black eye, therefore it was made into a poltice and applied to a bruised eye after a pub brawl no doubt. Because of its association with eyes it was also used for many other eye complaints including rubbing the flower in your eye to cure a sty.

Graham Banwell

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