Herb latin name: Xanthium commune
Synonyms: Xanthium italicum
Edible parts of Xanthium commune:Seed. It is dried, then ground into a powder and mixed with cereal flours when making bread, biscuits etc. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Low ground, stream banks, waste places, cultivated land etc.
Propagation of Xanthium commune:Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed requires plenty of moisture in order to germinate.
Cultivation of the herb:Low ground, stream banks, waste places, cultivated land etc.
Medicinal use of Xanthium commune:None known
Known hazards of Xanthium commune:Poisonous. Most members of this genus are toxic to grazing animals and are usually avoided by them. The seed also contains toxins.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.