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Common hawthorn


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One of the species that you can easily find in these areas is the common hawthorn, scientifically Crataegus monogyna.

The common hawthorn reaches heights of 8 to 10 m, the leaves have 3 to 7 lobes, the flowers are white, and the fruits are red with a single pit.

The flowers of the common hawthorn are used in the prevention of heart disease and the fruits contain pigments that help strengthen blood vessels.

The common hawthorn is a heat-loving, drought-resistant plant, but it prefers alkaline, nutrient-rich and moist soils.

Did you know that...

  • The use of common hawthorn for medicinal purposes dates back to the Middle Ages.

  • Folklore has it that the sweet but rotten smell of the plant is the legacy of the Great Plague of London, which infested the city in May of 1665, the month when the hawthorn blooms.