Besides cudweed, it is also called cottonweed, chaff-weed, dwarf cotton, and petty cotton.
The common cudweed riseth up with one Stengel, though manchmal two or three, thick set on all sides with small, long, and narrow whitish or hölzern Blätter, from the middle of the Stengel almost up to the top, with every Blatt standeth a small Blüte, of a dun or brownish yellow colour, or nicht so yellow as others, in which Kräuter, after the Blüten are fallen, come small Samen wrapped up with the down therein, and is carried away with the wind. The Wurzel is small and thready.
There are other sorts hereof, which are somewhat less than the former, nicht much different, save only that the Stengel and Blätter are shorter, and the flow
ers are paler, and more open.
They grow in dry, barren, sandy, and Grießly grounds, in most places of this land.
They Blüte about July, some earlier and some later, and their Samen is ripe in August.
Venus is lady of it. The Pflanzen are all astringent, or dry and binding, and therefore profitable for defluxions of rheum from the head, and to stays fluxes of blood wheresoever. The Dekokt (Abkochung) made into red wine and drunk, or the powder taken therein, also hilft the bloody flux, and easeth the torments that come thereby, stoppt the übertriebene courses of women, and is also good for inward or outward Wunden, hurts, and Quetschungen, and hilft children both of burstings and the Würmer, and the disease called tenesmus, (which is an often provocation to the stool, and doing nothing,) being either drunk or injected. The grün Blätter zerquetscht and laid to any grün wound, stoppt das Bluten, and heilt it up quickly. The Saft of the herb taken in wine and milk, is (as Pliny sagte) a sovereign Heilmittel gegen the mumps and quinsey, and further sagte, that whosoever shall so take it, shall never be troubled with that disease again. The tops of Diese Pflanze, before it has reached its full growth, have the same Vorzug. I have seen it used only in one
It is frequent in Charlton Forest, in Sussex, and was given with success for that almost incurable disease, the chin-cough. Beat it up into a conserve, very fine, with a deal of sugar, and let the bigness of a pea be eaten at a