Herb: Hawkweed Ox-Tongue
Latin name: Picris hieracioides
Medicinal use of Hawkweed Ox-Tongue:The bitter leaves have been used as a febrifuge. The plant is mixed with Swertia pedicellata and pounded to a paste thn applied to the forehead to treat headaches.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Grassland and waysides on calcareous soils.
Edible parts of Hawkweed Ox-Tongue:Young leaves - raw or cooked as a pot-herb. Not wonderful raw, they are slightly better cooked. A rather bitter flavour.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring in situ, only just covering the seed. Germination should take place quite quickly.
Cultivation of Hawkweed Ox-Tongue:Grassland and waysides on calcareous soils.
Known hazards of Picris hieracioides:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.