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
The North Bed

 

 

Name in Henry's list
Modern name

Tall plants, probably placed in background

Ambrosia
Wood sage, Teucrium scorodonia? [Hemp agrimony, Eupatoria cannabium?]
Anglica costus
Costmary, Chrysanthemum balsamita?
[
Tanacetum vulgare, Tansy?]
Costus Costmary, Costus balsamita?
[Tanacetum balsamita?]
Lauendula Lavender, Lavandula spica
Laureola Spurge laurel, Daphne laureola
Liliphagum .i. [id est,
that is] Saluia
Sage, Salvia officinalis
[Wood sage, Salvia agrestis?]
Mater herbarum
 [mother of plants]
Mugwort, Artemesia vulgaris
Mirtus Myrtle, Mytrus communis?
Medium height plants, probably placed in the middle
Baldebonia
Baldmoney, Meum athamanticum
[Peucedanum officinale,
cammock?]
Betha minor
Lesser beet, Sea beet, Beta maritima?
Elitropia
Marigold, Calendula officinalis
Ozima .i. Basilicon
Basil, Ocimum basilicum
Paganon .i. Ruta Rue, Ruta graveolens
Personacio .i. Betha Beet, Beta vulgaris
Sanicla Self-heal, Wood march, Sanicula europaea
Strutcion .i. Ostricium Tutsan, Hypericum androsaemum
[Woodruff, Asphodelus ramosus?]
Tristunies .i. Petrocillum Parsley, Petroselinum crispum
Ysopum Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis
Shorter plants, probably placed in the foreground
Anthemis .i. Camomilla Chamomile, Anthemis nobilis
Buglosa .i. Lingua bouis Langdeboef, Picris echioides
[Bugloss, Lycopsis arvensis?]

Cametreos .i. Germandrita

Germander, Teucrium chaemydrys
Crocei vulgariter
Capharan
Commonly known as
crocei, Capharan]
Saffron crocus, Crocus sativus?
Organum
Oregano, Origanum vulgare
Selinon .i. Apium
Smallage, Apium graveolens
Victoriosa .i. Peruenca
Periwinkle, Vinca minor

  

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