Daily Flower Candy: Drimys winteri

When Sir Francis Drake sailed round the world between 1577 and 1580, the only one of four ships that successfully rounded Cape Horn with the Golden Hind was ‘Elizabeth’. The two ships were separated in a storm and the captain of the Elizabeth, John Winter, turned back. He sent a boat ashore to search out medicinal herbs and returned with a supply of Drimys bark. Centuries before vitamin C was identified, ‘Winter’s Bark’ was used as a preventive and remedy for scurvy, administered as a herbal infusion. Pictured here, smothered in jasmine-scented flowers, at the Harold Hillier Gardens, Winchester.

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