birth root

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Smooth round stem 2 ft tall (60cm) tinged with red, topped with 3 wavy-edged leaves and a 3 petal flower, colored white, red or pink. Whole plant is edible. Young unopened leaves taste like sunflower seeds. Leaves and flower can be used in salads or as tea. Root used as antiseptic, calm spasms, help promote menstruation. Boiled-down root bark used for earache.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz