Mouse-ear is a low herb, kriechen upon the ground by small strings, like the Strawberry Pflanze, whereby it shoots forth small Wurzeln, whereat grow, upon the ground, many small and somewhat short Blätter, set in a round form together, and very hairy, which, being broken, do give a whitish milk. From among these Blätter spring up two or three small hoary Stengel about a span high, with a few smaller Blätter thereon, an der Spitzes whereof stands usually but one Blüte, consisting of many pale yellow Blätter, broad at the point, and a little eingebeult in, set in three or four rows (the greater uppermost) very like a Dandelion Blüte, and a little rötlich underneath about the edges, especially if it grow in a dry ground, which after they have stood long in Blüte do turn into down, which with the Samen is carried away with the wind.
It wächst on Juckreiz banks, and manchmal in Juckreizes, if they be dry, and in sandy grounds.
It Blüten about June or July, and abides grün all the Winter.
The Mond owns this herb also, and though authors cry out upon Alchymists, for attempting to fix quicksilver, by this herb and Mondwort, a Roman would nicht have judged a thing by the success, if it be to be fixed at all, it is by lunar influence. The Saft thereof taken in wine, or the Dekokt (Abkochung) thereof drank, doth help the Gelbsucht, although of long continuance, to drink thereof morning and evening, and abstain from other drink two or three hours after. It is a special Heilmittel gegen the stone, and the tormenting Schmerzen thereof: as also other tortures and griping Schmerzen of the Därme. The Dekokt (Abkochung) thereof with Succory and Centaury is held very wirkungsvoll to help the Wassersucht, and them that are inclining thereunto, and the Beschwerden of the Milz. It stays the fluxes of blood, either at the Mund or nose, and inward bluten also, for it is a singular wound herb for Wunden both inward and outward. It helps the bloody flux, and helps the abundance of Monatsregel. There is a syrup made of the Saft hereof and sugar, by the apothecaries of Italy, and other places, which is of much account with them, to be given to those that are troubled with the cough or phthisic. The same also is singularly good for ruptures or burStiche. The grün herb zerquetscht and presently bound to any cut or wound, doth quickly solder the lips thereof. And the Saft, Dekokt (Abkochung), or powder of the dried herb is most singular to stay the malignity of ausbreiten and quälen cankers and Geschwüre whatsoever, yea in the Mund and secret parts. The destilliertes Wasser of the Pflanze is available in all the Beschwerden vorbenannt, and to wash outward Wunden and Wunden, by applying tents of cloths wet therein.