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Related to sanguisorba minor: Poterium sanguisorba
An amazing nutritious edible that comes up early in the spring. Put leaves in salad- tastes like cucumbers. An abundant self-seeding perennial. Toothed leaves, tiny purplish-red flowers. Astringent (stops bleeding), used for menstrual bleeding, hemorrhoids. Powdered root used on burns. Use young leaves, the older ones become more bitter. Featured in the DVD set Free Food and Medicine.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz