This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol2-4", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
1. Wood Sage (Teucrium Scorodonia, L.). 2. Wood Spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides, L.). 3. Dog's Mercury (Mercuirialis perennis, L.). 4. Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra, Huds.). 5. Oak (Quercus Robur, L.). 6. Beech (Fagus sylvatica, L.).
Teucrium, Dioscorides, is from Teucer, an ancient king of Troy, reported to have first used this plant as a medicine. Scorodonia, Cordus, is from the Greek, scorodon, garlic.
Wood Sage is called Ambrose, Ambroise, Garlick Sage, Wood Germander, Mountain Sage, Rock Mint.
The people of Jersey are said to make use of it in brewing, and call it Ambroise according to Withering. Wood Sage is highly aromatic, and used as a tonic. It imparted too strong a colour to beer to be much used in place of hops.
Essential Specific Characters: 261. Teucrium Scorodonia, L. - Stem erect, leaves ovate, cordate below, crenate, flowers yellowish-white, in terminal and lateral racemes, upper lip of calyx ovate.