|Copyright: Tomiya Morita Richez (Tomoriz) (22)|
|Date Taken: 2008-05-25|
|Camera: Canon EOS D60, 112mm|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-05-28 2:40|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Hawthorn, by the road-side in Quarles.|
I cannot think of any plant more beautiful than the Hawthorn (Cratageus) a member of the Rosaceae (Rose)family, it sits perfectly in the Norfolk countryside with a beauty, especially when in flower, which can only be described as breathtaking.
It's also a very important plant for the enviroment; for land, it has excellent water retaining properties; for wildlife, especially birds and butterfly/moth lavae, it provides a safe refuge and food.
It is steeped in folklore and records show that the Hawthorn has been utilized for its medicinal properties through history, as far back as the first Century AD a Greek herbalist recognized its benefits for cardiovascular disease.
As a herbal remedy it has a Class 1 safety rating, but medical advice must be sought, especially when taken in conjuction with other medicationn. It can be bought over the counter, but why not pick your own, the leaves, flower and berries can be used to make tonics and the berries for jam.
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