Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 17r, Cupid’s dart (Catananche caerulea), is a member of the daisy family and native to the Mediterranean region. The plant grows in clumps. The stems are thin and wiry; the gray-green leaves are shaped like spears; and ray flowers are blue. The ancient Greeks and Romans used this plant as ingredient in a love potient, so it may have been the “date rape” drug of ancient times.

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