There is another small wasteground plant that did naturally spread along railways called Oxford ragwort
but it originated on Mount Etna, in Sicily.
The beautiful yellow flowers belong to the Oxford Ragwort
- a common enough sight - but what may surprise readers is its exotic, parental origins, on Mount Etna.
Ingenious Ireland also picks up on the travel narratives of disease and botany whether it is the Black Death arriving in Howth in 1348 or the history of the arrival of the Oxford Ragwort
with its slightly sniffy Latin name Senecio squalidus in Inchicore in 1890.
The plant is the product of a natural cross between the common groundsel, a British plant, and the Oxford ragwort
, introduced from Sicily 300 years ago.
, originally from the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, is now abundant and Himalayan balsam has found its way into Blundell Street.
As in the essay on Wycliffe, however, Aston is less than comprehensive when it comes to considering vernacular literary evidence for religious culture, mainly citing Pecock's voluminous writings from secondary sources and overlooking, for example, evidence linking Pecock with a London common-profit library, yet finding space to include an entirely dispensable footnote on the history of the Oxford ragwort