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Fri Oct 16 04:36:34 PDT 2009
Yeah, I've encountered this, too, although the bulrush, proper, is another
species of plant, in parts of Southern America, some cattails are called
Btw, proper bulrushes: Scirpus genus, but cattails Typha. Still, people call
them different, so I'm not sure if searches are going to be
On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 5:35 AM, Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com> wrote:
> Cattails are also known as bulrush, reed-mace, cat-o'nine tails, cossack
> asparagus, marsh beetle, and candlewick.
> John Gerard includes bulrushes and says that the seeds are used to
> provoke sleep with a warning that they can provoke a "dead sleepe." They
> are also used for menstrual problem.
> To take away VVarts from the face or Hands.
> Take Purslain, and rub it on the warts, and it maketh them fall away: Also
> the juice of the Roots of Rushes applyed, heal|eth them.
> The Accomplish'd lady's delight in preserving, 1675
> Richard Mabey doesn't indicate that they are eaten in England, but I wonder
> if they were possibly eaten during famine times.
> This might not have been recorded or mentioned in some way in the multitude
> of references to rushes or reeds.
> See also
> On Oct 14, 2009, at 7:27 AM, Johnna wrote:
> I'll be back with European information later.
>> Was written---Despite the fact that some cattails (notably, the Dwarf
>> Cattail) are native to Eurasia, I can't find
>> any record of period usage. snipped
>> Ian of Oertha
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