Botanical: Asperula cynanchica (LINN.)
Quinsy-Wort was formerly esteemed a remedy for the disorder the name of which it bears. The specific name, cynanchica, is derived from the GreekKunanchi(dog strangle), from its choking nature.
Its roots, like those of the Galiums and Rubia, yield a red dye, which has been occasionally used in Sweden.
It is no longer applied in medicine.
This is not a common British plant, except locally in dry pastures on a chalky or limehouse soil.
It is a small, smooth plant, 6 to 10 inches high, with very narrow, close-set leaves, four in a whorl, two of each whorl much smaller than the others.
The flowers are in loose terminal bunches, the corollas only 1/6 inch in diameter, pink externally and white inside, and are in bloom during June and July.