So, last week things did not go according to plan. Even though I actually got off my lazy, lard-arse behind, even though I actually put some effort into getting a marvellous Macro Monday shot, even though I really, really tried, my efforts were in vain - fruitless, barren and unproductive. But, the seed had been sown, and this week, the rewards are being reaped.
And so here, ladies and gentlemen, is the fruit of my labour:
Some other quirky “facts” about hound’s-tongue:
- if you put a leaf in your shoe, you will ward off barking dogs and prevent a dog from biting you. If any dog is mad enough to bite you, a leaf poultice will heal the bite, so no worries there.
- homeopaths and herbalists claim that hound’s-tongue can cure any number of ailments, including insomnia, coughs, colds, haemorrhoids, scalds and burns, diarrhoea and dysentery.
- an ointment made from the plant is said to cure baldness.
And my favourite line from Wikipedia, re all of the above claims:
“Not all of these uses are supported by scientific evidence.”
Are any of them!?!
Just in case anyone is wondering just how macro my photo is, here is the seed with a Canadian penny.
Hound’s-tongue is a toxic plant. It has been shown to be carcinogenic and hepatotoxic. The author of this blog takes no responsibility for any harm that might be sustained by eating, drinking or slathering your body with this plant. If you get bitten by a dog whilst walking around with one of its leaves in your shoe, don’t try blaming me – it will obviously be your fault for being such an idiot.
For more Macro Monday, go here.