Hatfield's Herbal: The Curious Stories of Britain's Wild Plants

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Hatfield's Herbal is the story of how people all over Britain have used its wild plants throughout history, for reasons magical, mystical and medicinal. Gabrielle Hatfield has drawn on a lifetime's knowledge to describe the properties of over 150 native plants, and the customs that surround them: from predicting the weather with seaweed to using deadly nightshade to make ladies' pupils dilate appealingly, and from ensuring a husband's faithfulness with butterbur to warding off witches by planting a rowan tree. Filled with stories, folklore and remedies both strange and practical, this is a memorable and eye-opening guide to the richness of Britain's heritage.

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'a wonderful celebration of the nation's flora ... the perfect companion for a walk in the country'
-- Guardian

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Gabrielle Hatfield is a distinguished historian of plant medicine. The winner of two literary prizes (Michaelis-Jean Ratcliff prize and John Thackray Medal), she is currently research associate at Kew and member of the council of management of Ethnomedica.

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