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Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna

Family of rosaceae

In some meadows of the Apennines there are some samples of hawthorn mote then 5 metres high. These solitary trees are impressive in Spring time, because of their blossoming which attracts numerous insects, while in Fall these trees cover with red berries, which feed so many birds.

Its fruits are astringent, as the dried leaves are used in infusion. The blossoms are useful as regulator of the nervous system and of the heart. The infusion of its blossoms is considered a remedy against insomnia, emotionalism and anxiety.

Picture and text of Tebaldo Lorini
Translated by Gianna Toni

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