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Sisymbrium sophia

Sisymbrium sophia

Flixweed (sometimes Fluxweed) (Sisymbrium sophia) is a member of the mustard family. It reproduces by seeds. Its stem is erect, branched, and 4 to 30 inches high. It was once given to patients suffering from dysentery and called by ancient herbalists Sophia Chirugorum, "The Wisdom of Surgeons," on account of its healing properties.

In Germany it is called the Sophienkraut and associated with Saint Sophia of Rome, who was invoked against late frosts.


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