These are the bines that twine:
There is bine, a woody vine that binds, and by binding gains its name, mutatis mutandis.
There is bearbine, two kinds of convolvulus, winding woody spirals with white trumpets, and also the Polygonum convolvulus, a black buckwheat weed which you may have eaten.
There is berbine, vervain, verbena, name mutated; holy herb and devil’s bane, tears of Isis, Hera’s tears, herbal tea of iron-herb, altar flower for Jupiter.
There is bulbine, which Pliny named, but no one knows what it is. Continue reading