Wyrtig

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OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312
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The Garden of Henry of Huntingdon
Fourth or West Bed
 

 

Name in Henry's List
Modern name

Taller plants, probably placed in the background of the west bed

Aristologia
Aristology, Corydalis solida?
[Birthwort, Aristolochia clematis?]
Eruca
Rocket, Eruca sativa
Git Corncockle, Agrostemma githago
Lactuca
Lettuce, Lactuca sativa
Meu
Hog fennel, Peucedanum officinale
[Mula, Horseheal, Inula helenium?]
Papauer
Poppy, Papaver somniferum
Peonia
Peony, Paeonia officinalis or P. maculus
Sinapis White mustard, Sinapis alba
[or Brassica nigra
?]
Valeriana
Valerian, Valeriana officinalis

Medium height plants, probably placed in the middle of the west bed

Ameos Caraway, Carum carui
[Ammi Maius?]
Boragium
Borage, Borago officinalis

Ciperus

Sweet galingale, Cyperus longus
Coliandrum
Coriander, Coriandrum sativum
Fenugrecum
Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum
Gazara
Butcher's broom, Ruscus aculeatus
[Gazel, Sweet gale, Myrica gale?]
Lupinum
Lupin, Lupinus albus
Short plants, probably placed in the front of the west bed
Aquileia
Columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris
Lactuca
Lettuce, Lactuca sativa
Nasturcium
Garden cress, Lepidum sativum
Psillium
Fleaseed, Plantago arenaria
[Plantain, P. psyllium?]
Satureia
Savory, Satureia montana
[or S. hortensis?]
Verbena

Verbena, vervain , Verbena officinalis

 

 

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