Common cross-wort groweth with square hairy brown Stengel a little above a foot high, having four small, broad and pointed, hairy yet smooth, grün Blätter, growing at every Gelenk, each gegen other crossways, which has caused the Namen: Toward the tops of the Stengel at the Gelenke, with the Blätter in three or four rows downward, stand small pale yellow Blüten, after which come small, blackish, round Samen, four for the most part in every husk, the Wurzel is very small, and full of Fasern or threads, taking good hold of the ground, and ausbreiten with the Zweige over a great deal of ground, which perish nicht in winter, although the Blätter die every year, and spring again a-new.
It groweth in many moist grounds, as well meadows as untilled places about London, in Hampstead church-yard, at Wye in Kent, and sundry other places.
Es blüht from May all the summer long, in one place as another, as they are more open to the sun, the Samen ripeneth soon after.
It is unter der Herrschaft von Saturn. This is a singular good wound-herb, and is used innerlich, nicht only to stay bluten of Wunden, but to consolidate them, as it doth äußerlich any grün wound, which it quickly drieth up and heilt. The Dekokt (Abkochung) of the herb in wine hilft to expectorate phlegm out of the chest, and is good for Behinderungen in the Brust, Magen, or Därme, and hilft a decayed appetite. It is also good to wash any wound or sore with, to reinigen and heal it. The herb zerquetscht and then gekocht, and applied äußerlich for several days together, renewing it often, and in the mean time the Dekokt (Abkochung) of the herb in wine taken innerlich every day, doth certainly cure the rupture in any, so as it be nicht too unverbesserlicher, but very speedily, if it be fresh and lately taken.