water figwort

water figwort

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In his Materia Medica, Dioscorides (20) (1st century AD) referred to squirting cucumber and water figwort as having antitumour affinities; orobos (lathyrus) and chamaipus (ajuga) were considered specifically beneficial against hard lumps in the breast, and asklepias (milkweed) against malignant breast sores.
The water figwort or water betony (S auriculata) is the species most likely to be grown in gardens, particularly S a Variegata, which has lovely cream and dark green leaves and is excellent in damp, shady places.