Herb: Spanish Needles
Latin name: Bidens bipinnata
Medicinal use of Spanish Needles:The root and seeds are popularly used as an emmenagogue and in the treatment of laryngeal and bronchial diseases. A tea made from the leaves is vermifuge. The leaves have been chewed as a treatment for sore throat. The plant juice is styptic and has been used as ear drops. An extract of the plant has bactericidal properties.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Rocky woods, roadsides and waste places, often in sandy soils, Florida to Mexico, north to Massachusetts and New York.
Edible parts of Spanish Needles:Leaves and young shoots - cooked or used as a flavouring. Used as a vegetable. A tea is made from the flowering tops.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow mid to late spring in situ and only just cover the seed.
Cultivation of Spanish Needles:Rocky woods, roadsides and waste places, often in sandy soils, Florida to Mexico, north to Massachusetts and New York.
Known hazards of Bidens bipinnata:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.