Besides the common name bishops-weed, it is usually known by the Greek name Ammi and Ammoi, some call it Ethiopian cummin-Samen, and others cummin-royal, as also herb-william, and bull-wort.
Common bishops-weed riseth up with a round straight Stengel, manchmal as high as a man, but usually three or four feet high, beset with divers small, long, and somewhat broad Blätter, cut in some places, and eingebeult about the edges, growing one gegen another, of a dark grün colour, having sundry Zweige on them, and an der Spitze small umbels of white Blüten, which turn into small round Samen, little bigger than Petersilie Samen, of a quick hot Duft and taste, the Wurzel is white and stringy, perishing yearly, and usually riseth again on its own sowing.
It groweth wild in many places of England and Wales, as between Grünhithe and Gravesend.
It is hot and dry in the third degree, of a bitter taste, and somewhat sharp withal, it provokes lust to purpose, I suppose Venus owns it. It digesteth humours, fördert Harn and Monatsregel, auflösen wind, and being taken in wine it easeth pain and griping in the Därme, and is good gegen the biting of serpents, it is used to good Wirkung in those medicines which are given to hinder the poisonous operation of Cantharides upon the passage of the urine, being mixed with honey and applied to black and blue marks coming of blüht or Quetschungen, it takes them away, and being drank or äußerlich applied, it abateth a high colour, and makes it pale, and the Dampfs thereof taken with rosin or raisins, reinigt the mother.