I was trying to photograph this rather pretty seedhead when a ladybird appeared from the underside, and very kindly posed for a few images before flying off into the distance. The seedhead is from a salvia verbenaca, or wild clary, found in dry and barren areas and at the roadsides. It was once considered a medicine to combat hysteria and sterility. The plant is said to cleanse the blood and sooth rheumatic attacks. In cases of pneumonia or bronchitis, consumption of the plant induces great sweats which give the patient relief.
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