5th February 2017

Butterbur, which grows in damp areas, is scenting the air with aniseed alongside Catsfield Church already, providing food for overwintering butterflies and bees. Used since medieval times to treat migraine and asthma, recent scientific research shows that it contains ingredients effective for these complaints. The name comes from the old practice of wrapping butter in the leaves, to store. Only male flowers grow in the South, while the much larger female grow with male in the north, at Millers Dale and other sights. Conditions: Overcast and nippy Temperature: Max 6- Min 2 C. 

Butterbur, male

Butterbur, male

Butterbur leaves are small when the flowers are out, but increase in size later

Butterbur leaves are small when the flowers are out, but increase in size later

Butterbur, male- growing in a damp ditch by Catsfield Church

Butterbur, male- growing in a damp ditch by Catsfield Church

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