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A small flower (~10mm) with a cute name:

Sneezewort - Cruaidh lus - Achillea ptarmica

Wort is old English for plant|weed|herb . Doesn't make me sneeze. The Gaelic name means "hard weed", and the stem is indeed stiff.

This plant is common in the , but I've only ever seen it along roadside verges. Maybe it likes fumes or road salt.

@gwmngilfen
Photo from earlier today, but had to cook then eat dinner in-between times.

@fitheach ah, the light balance made it look dark behind the flower. Loving the local nature BTW, not my area of expertise at all

@gwmngilfen
I took several flower photos this afternoon and the Sneezewort was the last one. The sky had darkened and 2 mins later it was pouring with rain.

I can manage flower photos, when walking the dog, as they don't tend to move as fast as critters.

@fitheach
Gaels - honest and accurate.. and hardy clearly.
Angles - sneezy apparently...

@asovereignscot
Wort is the English equivalent of the German word wurzel which means root. Many plant common names have wort in them, like St. John''s Wort. Many common names were used to remind people of their uses.

The Gaelic common names are just as often poetic rather than purely descriptive.

@fitheach
I stand by my assessment 😉

I'd heard of wort myself even in the context of plants (also brewing) but I'm very much a rookie when it comes to all things flora.

@asovereignscot
I had to look-up the etymology of beer wort and it looks like it is the same root (sic) as the other one. Makes sense.

I could murder a beer.

@fitheach @asovereignscot 'Worts' are usually plants where the root has (or was believed to have) medicinal uses.

@asovereignscot @simon_brooke
For hundreds of years (prior to public water supplies) it was safer to drink beer than water in cities.

@fitheach @asovereignscot @simon_brooke
I still don't truly trust water*.. and am when the occasion suits prone to honour ancestry.

*only really applies to certain international destinations.. .

@fitheach Sneezewort. Sounds like a character from Harry Potter 😀

@inAktion
I wouldn't know about HP. There are some cute common names for plants. The names often differ from region to region. They were devised before the days when things were codified in books and the oral record survives to the present day.

@fitheach We always think that we are so smart and people back then didn't know much. Okay, so we know about Google* and how to find information on the Internet, but to go outside and know the names of all the plants and what they are good for is so cool.

*using Google in this example as it makes even clearer how stupid present time humans really are ;-)

@inAktion
In slightly older days people would consult encyclopedias, and have confidence that info was correct because the publisher had a reputation. That reputation is harder to guage now on the Internet, thus fake news.

In the really old days you would consult the village wise woman, who would have collected info over decades. Reputation was clearly known.

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