|A lot of plants were earlier used by
the household, as medicin or in the industry and many of these plants
can still be found today. You could call them
relics of the past". Common species in the cities, towns and villages
are Chelidonium majus, Petasites hybridus, Saponaria officinalis,
Aegopodium podagaria and Viola odorata.
Especially around ruins of old monestaries and castles it is possible to find many interesting species.
The right picture shows Hyoscyamus niger. This species often germinates when one dig in the soil near ruins. It is not rare in Denmark and can be found at the Monestary of Øm and the Castle at Kalø. The seeds can survive for centuries in the ground and germinate when exposed to light during digging.
Hyoscyamus niger is a very poisionous plant, but was earlier used in small amounts by the munks during the Middle Age for curing many deseases eg. tooth ache.
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