Meum athamanticum by Wooster, 1872
Meum athamanticum by David Wooster, 1872.
This colored print of Meum athamanticum was published in Alpine Plants: Figures and Descriptions of Some of the Most Striking and Beautiful of the Alpine Flowers. Each plate was accompanied by a description of the plant, which included cultivation instructions. Wooster also listed when the plant was first introduced to Great Britain. The book was published by Bell and Daldy, in London. David Wooster (c.1824-1888) was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1804. He also served as Assistant Secretary to the Royal Commission on Scientific Instruction and the Advancement of Science.
Meum athamanticum is known by several common names including spignel and baldmoney. It is a rather hardy perennial plant, which requires an abundance of sunshine for proper growth. During June and July the umbel clusters bloom into small white flowers. The seeds ripen in August and September. As long as the soil is well drained the herb can grow in a variety of soil types. It is a member of the Apiaceae, or carrot, family, which is the sixteenth largest group of flowering plants, containing over three thousand seven hundred species. Meum athamanticum is one of the herbs that the Pilgrims brought with them to North America. The roots are edible and it has some medicinal use.
- Naomi Bean