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Grows up to 6ft (2m). Depending on the variety, flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose and have a licorice-celery-like flavor. Use seeds, stems, young leaves and shoots. Leaves used in salads or tea. Stems can be eaten raw. Has stimulating effects on digestive system. Helps relieve indigestion, gas, colic, heartburn. Helps cough up phlegm and relieve bronchitis. Used for colds, respiratory system, liver, strengthening heart, increasing circulation and energy, antibacterial, anti-fungal, hepatitis, . Dried root powder used for athlete’s foot, insecticide. Take in moderation because it might cause dermatitis. It thins blood, so don’t take it if you are on anticoagulants. Promotes menstruation. Do not take if pregnant or diabetic. WARNING- DO NOT CONFUSE WITH POISON HEMLOCK AND GIANT HOGWEED! They look similar. Look at the leaves.
A food source imported into England by the Romans that got out of control. Also called Bishop’s weed, has white flower clusters like poison hemlock, but leaves are very different, more like an Elder (but unrelated). Small white 5-petal flowers. Very invasive nuisance plant that takes over other plants, even a tiny piece of root left in ground grows new plants, making this is a limitless food source. All aboveground parts are edible (not roots) Young leaves used as salad greens. Pinch off pre-flowering bugs to keep leaves more nutritious. Plant is diuretic and laxative. Used medicinally for gout, arthritis, rheumatism, bladder disorders. Has triangular stem (no toxic lookalike does)
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz