-Quassatio Gramen.—Of this there are two kinds, viz. the red and yellow. The common Red Rattle has reddish hollow stalks, and sometimes green, mostly lying on the ground, some growing more upright, with many small red­dish or green leaves set on both sides of a middle rib, finely dented at the edges; the flowers at the tops of the stalks are of a purplish red colour, like small gaping hooks, after which 2 come blackish seed in small husks, which being loose, rattle with shaking. The root is fibrous. The common Yellow Rattle has only one round great stalk, about half a yard or two feet high, with few branches, having two long and rather broad leaves set at a joint, indented on the edges, like the comb of a cock, broadest next to the stalk, and smaller at the end. The flowers grow at the tops of the stalks, with shorter leaves, hooded like the former, but of a fair yellow colour, or in some paler, and in some whiter. The seed and root are the same as the former. They grow in meadows and woods, and flower from Midsummer until August.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Rattle Grass:

—The Red Rattle is good to heal fistulas and hollow ulcers, and to stay the flux or humours in them, and profuse menstruation, or any other flux of blood, being boiled in red wine and drank. The Yellow Rattle, or Cock's-Comb, is said to be good for cough, or dimness of sight, if the herb, being boiled with some honey, be drank, or dropped into the eyes.
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