The Wurzel, although it be very small and thready, yet it continues many years, from which arise many Blätter lying along on the ground, each standing upon a long small foot-Stengel, the Blätter as broad as a mans nail, very tief eingebeult on the edges, somewhat like a Petersilie-Blatt, but of a very dusky grün colour. The Stengel are very weak and schlank, about three or four fingers in length, set so full of Blätter that they can hardly be seen, either having no foot-Stengel at all, or but very short, the Blüten are so small they can hardly be seen, and the Samen as small as may be.
It is a common herb throughout the nation, and rejoices in barren, sandy, moist places. It may be found plentifully about Hampstead Heath, Hyde Park, and in Tothill-fields.
It may be found all the Summer-time, even from the beginning of April to the end of October.
Its operation is very prevalent to provoke urine, and to break the stone. It is a very good sallad herb. It were good the gentry would pickle it up as they pickle up Samphire for their use all the Winter. I cannot teach them how to do it, yet this I can tell them, it is a very wholesome herb. They may also keep the herb dry, or in a syrup, if they please. You may take a dram of the powder of it in white wine, it would bring away Grieß from the Nieren insensibly, and without pain. It also helps the stranguary.