Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Artemisia vulgaris
of the Daisy family
a perennial
80 -150 cm high
blooms May-September
likes rough, waste ground, roadsides
can be seen throughout the Park. This was by the path opposite the Pavilion.

This common, dull, ordinary-looking plant has been associated with sorcery since Anglo-Saxon times. On Midsummer's Eve its roots were thought to produce a 'coal' beneath its roots. Whoever kept this substance would be protected from lightning, plague and carbuncles. When drunk it would enhance young men's powers to attract the maidens. More recently it was used as a tea-substitute, a beer flavouring, a moth repellant, a fumigant for sick rooms and a herbal stuffing for geese.