Herb: Danish Scurvy Grass


Latin name: Cochlearia danica


Family: Cruciferae



Medicinal use of Danish Scurvy Grass:

The leaves are a rich source of vitamin C and are used as an antiscorbutic.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
May to
June

Habitat of the herb:

Sandy and rocky shores, walls and banks by the sea and along railway lines, avoiding acid soils.

Edible parts of Danish Scurvy Grass:

Leaves - raw or cooked. Used as a flavouring in salads, it is considered to be superior to C. officinalis. The leaves are rich in vitamin C, though very few people will actually enjoy the pungent flavour.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks at 15C.

Cultivation of Danish Scurvy Grass:

Sandy and rocky shores, walls and banks by the sea and along railway lines, avoiding acid soils.

Known hazards of Cochlearia danica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.