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  • I glanced toward the western end of the garden, where the bees were buzzing happily among the tall yellow umbels of the dauco plants.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • It had taken a true leap of faith, across the vertiginous abyss of knowledge, for her to put aside her dauco seeds, those fragile pellets of protection.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Despite herself, she glanced at the small shelf where she kept her personal things, and the dark brown jar of dauco seeds.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes


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  • I just came across the passage about the bees and the dauco plants. See and daucus here in Wordnik. It is a wild carrot plant attractive to bees and the source of an herbal birth control. Ha! Just found a picture of it and that another name for it is Queen Ann's Lace that used to grow in my yard in Maryland as a voracious weed. 

    January 16, 2015

  • "Did the tansy oil and vinegar mixture I'd given her not work? Or the dauco seeds? Or, as I strongly suspected, had she just not bothered to use either one regularly?"
    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 1156

    January 29, 2010