One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Eurasian plant with small yellow flowers and finely divided leaves, which was formerly thought to cure dysentery.
Descurainia sophia, family Cruciferae
- ‘Flixweed is a vigorous plant and a prolific seed producer, enabling it to be highly competitive to desirable plant species.’
- ‘Flixweed flourishes in full sun, mesic to dry conditions, and almost any kind of soil.’
Late 16th century: from obsolete flix (variant of flux) + weed.
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