Also known as: strong man's weed Botanical name: Petiveria alliacea Family: Anacardiaceae
Description: This perennial herb grows up to one metre. Its dark green leathery leaves lie close to ground, while tall delicate spikes carry tiny white flowers. It has a strong garlic smell, especially the roots, and can be toxic.
Although he doesn’t describe the plant’s typical garlicky smell, Sloane does note how the milk and meat of cattle that eat it take on a taint, unless they are moved off the pasture for a week or so. He reported that the root was used medicinally as a cure for toothache – this cure is also recorded by later herbalists.
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