Herb bennet

Wood avens
Wood avens

The name Herb bennet comes from a corruption of “herba benedicta”, blessed herb, given as the plant was believed to drive away evil spirits and to protect against rabid dogs and venomous snakes.  It is also known as wood avens (Geum urbanum).

The five yellow petals alternate with visible pointed green sepals.  The flowers develop into purple spiky fruits that disperse by attaching to fur of animals.

The plant grows in shady places such as woodland edge.  It is another of the species that acts as an Ancient Woodland Indicator, Warleigh Woods having been consistently wooded in some form since pre-1600.

A useful list of AWI plants can be found here:




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