Herb: Water Soldier
Latin name: Stratiotes aloides
Family: Hydrocharitaceae (Tape-grass Family)
Medicinal use of Water Soldier:The herb has had a high reputation for treating wounds, especially when these are made by an iron implement. It is applied externally. The plant is also said to be of use in the treatment of St. Anthony's Fire and also of bruised kidneys.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Broads, ponds and ditches in calcareous districts. It is very local and probably diminishing.
Propagation of Water Soldier:Seed - best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe. The seed is seldom if ever produced in Britain. Division at almost any time of the year, though spring is best.
Cultivation of the herb:Broads, ponds and ditches in calcareous districts. It is very local and probably diminishing.
Known hazards of Stratiotes aloides:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.