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Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration (THMR).


Known as Pilewort, and carrying the roots, or applying a paste made from them, alleviated haemorrhoids/piles, according to Culpeper. A medieval name for a haemorrhoid was ‘Fig’, and it is possible that the suffic ‘-aria’ signifies ‘belonging to’ as in ‘sectarian’, ‘vegetarian’, ‘parliamentarian’, and that ‘ficaria’ means ‘pertaining to piles’.
Oakeley notes: May 2014

Synonym of Ranunculus ficaria 'Brazen Hussy'.
Plants of the World online, Kew Science link

Ficaria verna L. 'Brazen Hussy'

Genus: Ficaria
Species: verna L.
Cultivar: 'Brazen Hussy'
Common names: Purple -leaved Lesser Celandine 'Brazen Hussy'
Distribution summary: Europe, N. Africa, S.W. Asia
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Garden status: Not currently grown
Flowering months: March
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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