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List of Shakespeare’s Plants

January 29, 2007

Henry N. Ellacombe’s of 1884. source. Ellacombe’s book, The Plant Lore and Garden-craft of Shakespeare, is available here.

A: aconitum (monkshood), almond, aloe, apple, (also crab, pippin), apricot, ash, aspen; B: bachelor’s button, balm, balsam and balsamum, barley, bay, bean, bilberry, birch, blackberries and brambles, box, brier, broom, bulrush, burdock, burnet; C: cabbage, camomile, carnation, carraway, carrot, cedar, cherry, chestnut, clove, clover (or honey-stalks), cockle, coloquintida, columbine, cork, corn, cowslip, crow-flower, crown imperial, cuckoo-flower (buttercup), currant, cypress; D: daffodil, daisy, darnel, date, dewberry, dock, dogberry, E: ebony, eglantine, elder, elm; F: fennel, fern, fig, filbert, flag, flax, flower-de-luce (iris), fumitor, furze; G: garlic, gillyvor (carnation), ginger, gooseberry, goss or gorse, gourd, grace (rue), grape, grass, harebell, harlock (burdock), hawthorn, hazel, heath (ling), hebanon (possibly yew), hemlock, hemp, herb of grace (rue), holly, holy thistle, honeysuckle, hyssop; I: insane root (mythological), ivy; K kecksies (hemlock), knot-grass, lady-smock; L: lark’s heels (larkspurs), laurel, lavender, leek, lemon, lettuce, lily, lime, ling, locust, long purple (probably orchis morio, o. mascula), love-in-idleness (pansy); M: mace, mallows, mandragora, mandrake (mythological), marigold (calendula or pot marigold), marjoram, marybud (marigold), mast, medlar, mint, mistletoe, moss, mulberry, mushroom, musk rose, mustard, myrtle; N: narcissus, nettle, nutmeg; P: palm tree, pansy, parsley, pea, peach, pear, peony, pepper, pig-nuts, pine, pink, plane tree, plantain, plum, pomegranate, poppy, potato, primrose, pumpion (probably gourd); Q: quince; R: radish, reed, rhubarb, rice, rose, rosemary, rue, rush, rye; S: saffron (C. sativus), samphire, savory, sedge, senna, speargrass, stover (grass), strawberry, sugar, sycamore; T: thistle, thorn, thyme, toadstool, turnip; V: vetch, vine, violet; W: walnut, wheat, willow, woodbine (honeysuckle), wormwood; Y: yew.


Ophelia’s Flowers

January 6, 2007

The Tate has assembled a gallery of images of Ophelia’s flowers, based on the portrait by John Everett Milais.