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My first flower photo for what seems like weeks!

Santolina or cotton lavender has the most interesting flowers when you look at them closely.

 

"Santolina.—A composite plant, commonly called Holy herb, Heiligenpflanzen, Cypress herb, Cypressenkraut (Santolina Chamaecyparissus L.), is stated to have long been used popularly against the round worm in Scotland. It has been analyzed by T. Maben (P. J., xvi, 301), who finds in it a volatile oil and a considerable percentage of resin, with a bitter principle, which he believes to be an alkaloid and the active principle of the drug. The decoction of the plant may be made by boiling half an ounce in a pint of water for half an hour, straining and making up to a pint. It is given in doses of five fluidounces (150 mils) to adults and half that quantity to children, repeated for four mornings, and then followed by a brisk cathartic."

The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.

 

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Taken on January 3, 2009