Folklore of Plants and Trees
The Buttercup

Ranunculus was a young boy who lived many, many years ago, and he always dressed from head to toe in gold and green silk.
   He spent his days, from dawn to dusk, running round the trees of the forest singing in a beautiful, clear, high-pitched voice. This was lovely to hear for a short time, however he never stopped running and singing.
   The wood nymphs, realising this was disturbing the peace of the forest and all the creatures in it, turned him into a buttercup and sent him out into the open meadow to live; thereby restoring peace and harmony to the forest.

The buttercup has a bitter taste, animals won't eat it, and it has no known medicinal use.
The sap is an irritant and in Medieval times beggars would rub the buttercup on their skin to produce sores in the hope of getting sympathy and more money given to them.

The Buttercup
The Daisy
Daisy chains should always have their ends joined when finished as they represent the sun, the earth, and the circle of life.
  
It was once believed that dressing a child in a daisy chain would protect them from being stolen by the fairies.

In the Middle Ages the daisy was often used to treat battle wounds; bandages containing crushed daisies were thought to give relief from pain and aid healing.

The young leaves, flowerbuds and petals can be added to salads.
Daisies
Ferns
Ferns were called "Devil Brushes" in Medieval times, and dried ferns were hung in the house to protect everyone in it from thunder and lightning.

Bracken seed carried in the pocket is said to provide you with magical qualities - invisibility being one!

If a traveller treads on a fern he or she will become confused and lose their way.
Bracken
The Holly
Holly was believed to protect against lightning and witchcraft, and was often planted near the house. It has been proved that the spikes of the holly leaves act like minature lightning conductors, and so protect the tree.

In winter the druids would advise people to take holly into their homes, as they believed it would shelter the elves and fairies who could join humans at this time without causing them injury.

An old country saying states that if the smooth-leaved holly is brought into the house first at yuletide the wife will rule the household for the coming year, and if the prickly holly enters first, the husband will rule.
The Rose

The rose has many stories about it, Greek mythology tells of its beginnings.

Chloris, Greek Goddess of Flowers, found a sad and weak nymph one day, and wishing to restore her to health asked The Graces to help. They granted the nymph the gifts of joy, brightness, and charm.
Chloris wanted to do more for the dying nymph so appealed to the other gods and she was given nectar, beauty by Aphrodites, and Zephyr, the west wind, blew away the clouds so the sun could shine upon her.
Chloris called this beautiful bloom Rose.

It was believed that all roses were white in the beginning, and one of the many stories of how roses became coloured again comes from Greek mythology. It's told that the god Jupiter saw Venus bathing, she was so embarrassed that she blushed, and all the white roses surrounding her bath turned red in sympathy.

A fairy can make herself invisible by eating a rosehip and turning anti-clockwise three times. To become visible again she must eat another rosehip and turn clockwise three times.

The Rose
St John's Wort
The story of how the plant got it's name goes like this.
The devil was out on a recruitment drive for Hell, hanging around at the bottom of beds where it seemed obvious someone was about to pop their clogs; but time and time again a relative/friend would turn up with a medicine made from this one plant, and Bob's your uncle, patient recovers, praises the Lord, and is lost to the devil!
Lucifer is not a happy chappy about this so decides to rid the world of this pesky plant, he takes a dagger and stabs and stabs and stabs again, the plant bleeds - satan 1-0 plant. What the devil doesn't realise at first is the plant is bleeding the blood of St John the Baptist, so not only does the plant NOT die, but it is strengthened and it's healing powers are multiplied hundred of times! Plant lifts the trophy!!!

Look closely at the underside of the petals and the topmost leaves, and round the edge you will see dark dots - the places where the devil stabbed the plant! - and this is where the red healing oil comes from.

It is now called St John's Wort and the flowers should be picked on it's most powerful day, St John's Day 24th June.

Pick the flowers on St John's Eve, stand on them at midnight, and the fairies will take you!!!
St John's Wort

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