THE YAHRLE HERB ("MEADOW HOP", "STAUNCHWEED")

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES - REPRODUCTION - MYTH/LORE

Yahrle is a common healing herb that is also referred to as "Meadow Hop", "Military Herb" or "Staunchweed". It is found mostly in sunny grassy areas throughout Caelereth and is used to treat wounds, dispel melancholy and can supposedly cure baldness and bring about a vision of a future mate.

Appearance. This is a common herb that stands two palmspans and three - eight nailsbreadths tall. The stem is angular and rough with spear-shaped leaves alternating laterally around it. These leaves are one palmspan and one-seven nailsbreadths long and three nailsbreadths broad, clasping the stem at the base, the segments are very finely cut, giving the leaves a feathery appearance. The leaves and stem of the Yahrle give off a very pungent peppery smell. It flowers from late spring to early fall, with the blooms white or pale lilac. The petals being like minute blades, in flattened, loose heads. The whole plant is more or less hairy, with white, silky hairs pressed close to the stem and leaves.
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Territory. The Yahrle can be found in various places throughout Caelereth, mostly in sunny grassy areas like the Aurora Fields or the Heath of Jernais in Santharia or the Wilshirer Heath and Celeste Lowlands in Northern Sarvonia. It will not grow in deserts such as the Rhaz-Dth Desert or in excessively sandy areas.
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Usages. This plant is used in the treatment of wounds, the dispelling of melancholy and is also reputed to be a cure for baldness.

Reproduction. There are two methods of reproduction for the Yahrle plant. The first of these is by its creeping roots. The Yahrle's roots spread out along the ground seeking good soil. It is believed that this is a key reason for the Yahrle being unable to grow in deserts or sandy regions.

The second method of reproduction is through seed dispersal by birds. These birds include the coa-coa bird, the garthook and the wynd racer bird.
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Myth/Lore. It is said by the elves that this is one of the herbs dedicated to Cor, in earlier days, being sometimes known as "Cor's Nettle" or "Cor's Shadowing", and was used for divination in spells. It has also been used in folk superstitions. They swear, a scup of ground Yahrle sewn up in fine cloth, placed under the pillow before going to bed, brings a vision of the future husband or wife. The words used depend on the area of Santharia in which the commoners live. Centoraurian peasants around the Aurora Fields are likely to say:

"Oh pretty herb of the meadow
reveal unto me while I sleep
my bosom friend I am to know
a life of joy on the morrow I reap"

While those elsewhere, such as Erpheronian maidens around the Heath of Jemais are more likely to say the following:

THE MOON IS HIGH
BY RAYNE AVALOTUS


"The moon is high, and night winds blow.
In a piece of cloth I sew
This little flower
with the power
To show me what I wish to know.

The work is done! I gently trim
The edges as my light grows dim.
I cut the thread,
Place 'neath my head
Oh please let it be him!"
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 Date of last edit 26th Passing Clouds 1669 a.S.

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