One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ground elder, which was formerly used to treat gout.
- ‘An alternative name, goutweed, alludes to the supposed medicinal properties of the plant.’
- ‘I interplant it with daffodils so that when they are done flowering goutweed overwhelms the otherwise unsightly leaf straps of daffodils.’
- ‘Where it is grown with other plants, goutweed will quickly take over, shading out all others’
- ‘If I can't save the world, I can at least refresh my little corner of it without making things worse by planting invasives, such as the pretty little goutweed that could so easily cover that bare spot under the beech tree.’
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