Hypericum and so related to the John's Wort can be seen on both the Green and Purple tracks at the Rock.Known as touch and heal in Leitrim; Ull an Mhadra Rua,Fox's Apple elsewhere.
The berries are currently red and will turn to purplish black.
Corrupted from the French,Tout sain,meaning - all wholesome - the leaves were widely used to treat wounds.
Classed as a native,though scattered and mainly in the south-west.
The Irish name above is said to derive from the strong swine-like smell of the bruised plant.Despite this,the smell of the dried leaves was said to expel ghosts,evil spirits and impure carnal desires - this last smells catholic,doesn't it just;won't try it just yet.
In ancient Greece it was associated with chastity,and women who wished to remain chaste put it under their beds! Lads and lassies catered for.
Here and in Britain the pounded leaves were mixed with lard to produce an ointment for dressing cuts and wounds.
Sources as ever McCoitir's Irish Wild Plants,Flora and Fauna Nomenclature,Ainmneacha Plandai agus Ainmhithe;Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe,Sutton D.;Parragon Kingfisher Books;as well as Andy - I was wrong again in the ID of this plant!
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