Herb: Scurvy Grass


Latin name: Cochlearia officinalis


Family: Cruciferae



Medicinal use of Scurvy Grass:

The herb is antiscorbutic, aperient, disinfectant, diuretic and stimulant. This plant was highly valued by sailors of the past and was taken in the diet daily as a preventative for scurvy on long sea trips. Applied externally, the bruised leaves are used to heal ulcers. It is best used when fresh though it can also be harvested in late spring or early summer and dried for later use.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Biennial/Perennial


Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
May to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Sea cliffs and coastal marshes, it can also be found inland near salt mines or saline springs.

Edible parts of Scurvy Grass:

Leaves - raw. An acrid tarry flavour, it can be added in small quantities to salads for its high content of vitamin C. Pleasantly sharp. Rather less than pleasant to most tastes, though there are occasional people who like it.

Propagation of the herb:

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

Cultivation of Scurvy Grass:

Sea cliffs and coastal marshes, it can also be found inland near salt mines or saline springs.

Known hazards of Cochlearia officinalis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.