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NAME: Brookweed

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Samolus Valerandi / Primulaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): seaside brookweed, thin-leaf brookweed, water cabbage, and water rose (3)

CONDITIONS: full sun, sandy or clay soil, fresh or brackish water
 

PARTS:

EDIBLE cid:image001.jpg@01D3EC3E.A305A520

TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

cid:image001.jpg@01D3EC3E.A305A520 young

bitter

RAW/COOK

Spring

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT/CAUTION: Young leaves - raw or cooked. A rather bitter flavour. (1)

 

CAUTION:  Water source must be clean, safest to boil.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  “Medicinally S. valerandi has been used as an astringent, a laxative and for scurvy. It’s very high in vitamin C. Brookweed was also often used to heal wounds, rashes, chaps, and ringworm. Close relatives, the Pimpernels, were used for dropsy, epilepsy even rabies.”(2)

 

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OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Samolus+valerandi
    Related: https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Samolus+valerandi+parviflorus
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/brookweed
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samolus_valerandi