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Herbalists of the 16th and 17th centuries claimed that no thunderstorm could harm a house where this plant grows, and the belief persisted among country people in many parts of England, especially as regards house-leeks which had seeded themselves on the roof. To remove these was very unlucky, and people would transplant them if moving to a new house (Latham, 1878: 13; Porter, 1969: 69).

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