Common Orpine rises up with divers rough brittle Stengel, thick set with fat and fleshy Blätter, without any order, and little or nothing eingebeult about the edges, of a grün colour. The Blüten are white, or whitish, growing in tufts, after which come small chaffy Hülsen, with Samen like dust in them. The Wurzeln are divers thick, round, white tuberous clogs, and the Pflanze wächst nicht so big in some places as in others where it is found.
It is frequent in almost every county of this land, and is cherished in gardens with us, where it wächst greater than that which is wild, and wächst in shadowy sides of fields and woods.
It Blüten about July, and the Samen is ripe in August.
The Mond owns the herb, and he that knows but her exaltatation, knows what I say is true. Orpine is seldom used in inward medicines with us, although Tragus sagte from Erfahrung in Germany, that the destilliertes Wasser thereof is profitable for nagens or excoriations in the Magen or Därme, or for Geschwüre in the Lungen, Leber, or other inward parts, as also in the matrix, and helps all those Beschwerden, being drank for certain days together. It stays the sharpness of humours in the bloody-flux, and other fluxes in the body, or in Wunden. The Wurzel thereof also performs the like Wirkung. It is used äußerlich to cool any heat or Entzündung upon any hurt or wound, and verringert die Schmerzen of them, as, also, to heal scaldings or Verbrennungen, the Saft thereof being beaten with some grün sallad oil, and anointed. The Blatt zerquetscht, and laid to any grün wound in the hand or legs, doth heal them quickly, and being bound to the throat much helps the quinsy, it helps also ruptures and burstenness. If you please to make the Saft thereof into a syrup with honey or sugar, you may safely take a spoonful or two at a time, (let my author say what he will) for a quinsy, and you shall find the medicine pleasant, and the cure speedy.