Oct. 1, 2021

white swallow-wort, Vincetoxicum hirundinaria

White swallow-wort was a magical plant in Dacia. It could open any lock. This swallow-wort was also used as an antidote for poisons. Strange, when swallow-wort itself is very toxic. So are we curious where Dacia was? Yes, and it turns out it was a fairly large area west of the Black Sea. And who knew that invading Celts got that far from home in the 4th century BC? Anyway, white swallow-wort has now been reported wild in NY and ON. Beal Garden, MSU, 5/27/14.