dog's mercury


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dog's mercury

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The forest floor is carpeted in leafy Dog's Mercury, Herb-Paris and Enchanter's Nightshade, with endless swathes of bluebells and ramsons, not to mention Common Dog-Violet, with its delicate pansy-like flowers and heart-shaped leaves.
In the spring one of the first flowers to bloom in the woodland is dog's mercury, followed by purple violets, bluebells and the pungent wild garlic.
The strains of such a lifestyle were apparently made easier by the 14th century equivalent of liver salts, crushed seeds from the toxic plant of dog's mercury mixed with bittern, the liquid skimmed off salt-making equipment.