Robin Hood and his sheep

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Plant name
Folk name Robin Hood and his sheep
Binomial name Pteridium aquilinum (bracken; common bracken)
First recorded c. 1895-97
Used where Lincolnshire

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-07-24. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-23.

"Robin Hood and his sheep" and "Robin Hood and his men" were noted in c. 1895-97 as Lincolnshire folk names for bracken: "The Bracken [sic] stalk or root just level with the ground, cut slanting so as to show its dark centre."[1]


Brief mention

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