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Photo: The Magdalen's flower

07 May 2014

The Magdalen's flower: ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum Vulgare) in a delicate drawing among many by Lizzie Harper in Adele Nozedar's The Hedgerow Handbook: Recipes, remedies and rituals (Square Peg, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-0-224-08671-4). This flower is sometimes called the maudlin daisy, or maudlinwort, the author says, because it is useful in soothing women's complaints, and was originally dedicated to Artemis, before Christians renamed it after St Mary Magdalene

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