Caryophyllaceae: an erect, branched, hairless annual to 60cm. Found on cultivated ad fallow land, and roadsides. The flowers are pink, borne singly on long stalks in many-branched clusters. The leaves are 50mm long, ovate, with pointed tips, and have a waxy texture. Native to Central and Southern Europe, north to Belgium. An introduced and frequent casual in Britain.
The leaves can be used as a condiment.
The seed have anodyne, discutient, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, styptic and vulnerary properties. A decoction is used to treat skin problems, breast tumours, menstrual problems, deficiency of lactation and sluggish labour. The seeds are also taken internally as a galactogogue. The flowers, leaves, roots and shoots also have the same properties.
Sow seeds in situ once the weather warms up in spring, April-May. Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position. Sometimes cultivated for its seed which is often added to wild bird foods. Easy!
APPROX. 50+ SEEDS
Every order will receive a free packet of seeds as a thank you!
I have had to remove all listings of poisonous plants, which include the nightshade family, and monkshoods. All these plants and more are still available from my store:
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