woundwort


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woundwort

(wo͞ond′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
n.
1. See betony.
2. Any of several plants formerly used to treat wounds.
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Among the threatened species shown on the stamps are the Lady's Slipper Orchid, Deptford Pink, Downy Woundwort, Marsh Saxifrage, Plymouth Pear and Round-Headed Leek.
Legends tell that yarrow sprang from the rust scraped from Achilles' spear, and handfuls of leaves were long thought to stop the bleeding of wounds, hence nicknames such as staunchweed, soldier's woundwort and carpenter's herb.
It is also known as woundwort, staunch-weed and knight's milfoil.
The 'wort' part of a plant's name indicates that is was once well-known for its medicinal qualities - plants such as woundwort, milkwort, and nipplewort, for example.