Navelwort (Umbilicus rupestris)
Posted on August 6, 2012 by Darren Williams.
Have seen lots of this little plant around thriving in the craggy environment!
Navelwort comes from the stalk growing from the centre of the leaf. The plant is also known as wall pennywort, after its shiny, penny-like leaves, dandy, blessed cradle and kidneywort in Ireland, where it was used to cure kidney complaints, coolers, for the soothing action of the sappy leaves on burns, and maid-in-the-mist and lovers links in Scotland. The Romans called it Venus’ navel, and used it in spells to procure love. The juice was used in an ancient treatment for epilepsy in the west of England and a cure for earache in County Mayo. A poultice of the leaves was used to treat corns and chilblains in Wales. the shoots and leaves are very tasty in a fresh salad.