Herb: Water Chickweed
Latin name: Myosoton aquaticum
Synonyms: Cerastium aquaticum, Stellaria aquatica
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family, Starwort Family)
Medicinal use of Water Chickweed:A decoction of the leaves is used as a galactogogue. The plant is used in the treatment of fistula.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Marshes, fens, streamsides, ditches and damp woods at low altitudes.
Edible parts of Water Chickweed:Young leaves and stems - cooked. Sweet and tender, they are very rich in minerals. A famine food that is only used in times of scarcity.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - probably best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe.
Cultivation of Water Chickweed:Marshes, fens, streamsides, ditches and damp woods at low altitudes.
Known hazards of Myosoton aquaticum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.