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:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flovering:
June to
August

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.