Epimedium Alpinum. It is a curious, but very pretty plant. It is not so common in England. It is a wood plant, with beautiful purple and yellow flowers. It grows a foot high. The leaves are oval and formed like a heart, in­dented at the edges, and of a dusky green. The flower stalks are weak, brittle, and often crooked; the flowers stand in a very loose spike, ten, or more, on the top; they are purple on the back with a red edge. It is called Barrenwort because it only flowers in the shade, and not in the sun.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Barren Wort:

The roots boiled in milk are given by some to domestic female animals to arrest the natural emotions for the males. It has been successfully administered to females subject to hysterics. It must not be given in large doses, as it might produce stupor.
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