Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abundant species of geranium, Geranium Robertianum, of both Europe and America: said to be so called because it was used to cure a disease known as Robert's plague, from Robert, Duke of Normandy. Its reddish stems have given it the names redshanks and dragon's-blood, while a certain unpleasant odor has earned for it the name of stinking crane's-bill. In West Cumberland, England, there is a superstition that if it is plucked misfortune will follow, and it is there called
“Fumiter, mercury, gilt-cups, four-leaved grass and the delicate blossoms of herb-robert came out to meet the sun with a half-scared look, and wished they had stayed underground.”
“At the moment the most common top ten plants are: common nettle, cleavers, cow parsley, ribwort plantain, greater plantain, hawthorn, lesser celandine, bluebell, red clover and herb-robert.”
“Dyer records also the following: "In West Cumberland, the herb-robert”
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