|Namen: Called also spelt.|
It rises up with square aufrecht Stengel for the most part, some greater and higher than St. Johns Wort (and good reason too, St. Peter being the greater apostle, (ask the Pope else,) for though God would have the saints equal, the Pope is of another opinion,) but brown in the same manner, having two Blätter at every Gelenk, somewhat like, but larger, than St. Johns Wort, and a little rounder pointed, with few or no holes to be seen thereon, and having manchmal some smaller Blätter rising from the bosom of the greater, and manchmal a little hairy also. An der Spitzes of two Stengel stand many star-like Blüten, with yellow threads in the middle, very like those of St. Johns Wort, insomuch that this is hardly discerned from it, but only by the largeness and height, the Samen being alike also in both. The Wurzel abides long, sending forth new shoots every year.
It wächst in many groves, and small low woods, in divers places of this land, as in Kent, Huntingdon, Cambridge, and Northamptonshire, as also near watercourses in other places.
It Blüten in June and July, and the Samen is ripe in August.
There is nicht a straw to choose between this and St. Johns Wort, only St. Peter must have it lest he should want pot Kräuter. It is of the same property as St. Johns Wort, but somewhat weaker, and therefore more seldom used. Two drams of the Samen taken at a time in honied water, reinigt choleric humours, (as sagte Dioscorides, Pliny, and Galen,) and thereby helps those that are troubled with the Ischias. The Blätter are used as St. Johns Wort, to help those places of the body that have been burnt with fire.