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DEVIL’S BIT

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DEVILS BIT

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Scabiosa succisa. N.O. Compositae.

Synonym ► Ofbit.

Habitat ► Heaths and pastures.

Features ► Stem up to eighteen inches, slender, hairy, well-branched. Leaves opposite, oval-lanceolate, slightly serrate, nearly sessile ; root leaves stalked, ovoid, smooth at margins. Flowers dark purple, on long stalk, florets bunched together.

The common name is derived from the root. which appears to have been bitten off at the end, with which vandalism “the devil” is credited.

Part used ► Herb.

Action ► Demulcent, diaphoretic.

Included in formulae for coughs and feverish conditions generally. A 1 ounce to 1 pint infusion may be taken warm in wineglassful doses frequently.

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