The plant called silphium had many uses in ancient times — perfume from its flowers, food from its stalk, and medicine from its resin and roots.

Last of the Laser

Higgledy-Piggledy
Fennel-like silphium
Grew in Cyrenaica
Ages ago;
Sadly, the last of the
Laserpiciferis
Root was bestowed upon
Crazy Nero.


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