Campion [Silene dioica]

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The genus name derives from the Greek god of the woodlands – Silenus. Medieval folklore believed the plant protected the honey stores of fairies and anyone disturbing it would incite the anger of the fairies. The crushed seeds were thought to protect one from venomous bites (beware the fairies)

The root was used as a soap substitute for washing clothes. The plant possesses the flowers of one sex only at a time. Culpepper claimed that used in red or white wine it “..doth stay inward bleeding..” and that “2 drams of the seed taken also in wine …may be effectual for the plague”