Anyone ever hear of a plant called wort

liegiaJuly 18, 2006

A few years ago a neighbor gave me a plant but no name, recently she tells me that it is named wort...just wort. I can't find any information on this plant at all. The flowers slightly resemble a pink fleeceflower. If anyone knows anything about a plant like this or any other names for it that would be great.

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I think your neighbor is probably not aware of the plant's full name. Wort is simply an old English way of saying 'plant'. If you google 'wort' plant, you will come up with several types of plants. Perhaps it's best to post a photo to get people to help identify it.


    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 10:59AM
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Here's a picture of the plant

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 1:46PM
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robitaillenancy1(zone 5)

Butterworts are insect eating plants. It could be in this family.


    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 4:54PM
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Crafty Gardener(ON 5b)

St John's wort?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2006 at 8:24PM
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janetr(Ottawa USDA 4a)

Possibly a spleenwort aka Asplenium. This is a fern and there are many species. Yours might be hart's tongue fern. Do a Google image search for Asplenium or spleenwort and you should be able to identify yours.

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    Bookmark   July 24, 2006 at 4:28PM
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Thanks for the suggestions but I have figured out the name of my plant. It's called persicaria bistorta superba, or just bistort though the ornamental variety not the weed. It's also called a million other different names, two being dragonwort and adderwort, which is what my neighbor must have been grasping for when she told me it was called wort.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2006 at 4:36PM
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