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Stellaria alsine - Grimm.

Common Name Bog Stitchwort, Bog chickweed
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although no mention has been seen for this species, the leaves of some members of this genus contain saponins. Although toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm. They are also broken down by thorough cooking. Saponins are found in many plants, including several that are often used for food, such as certain beans. It is advisable not to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K].
Habitats Streamsides, flushes, wet tracks and woodland ridges[17].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, to temperate Asia and N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Stellaria alsine Bog Stitchwort, Bog chickweed


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Stellaria alsine Bog Stitchwort, Bog chickweed

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Stellaria alsine is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Alsine uliginosa. Stellaria uliginosa

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves and shoots - raw or cooked[105, 177].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antidote  Carminative  Depurative  Galactogogue  Miscellany

The whole plant is carminative, depurative and galactogogue[147, 218, 240]. It promotes hydrosis[147]. A decoction is used as an antidote against snakebite, in the treatment of colds, traumatic injuries and pimples[147, 218, 240]. The fresh herb can be crushed for external application[147].

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Other Uses

Miscellany

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a moist soil.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Stellaria dichotomaAmerican chickweedPerennial0.3 -  LMHSNM02 
Stellaria diversiflora Perennial0.3 -  LMHSNM10 
Stellaria gramineaLesser stitchwortPerennial0.5 4-8 FLMHSNM312
Stellaria jamesianatuber starwortPerennial0.5 4-9  LMHSNM300
Stellaria mediaChickweed, Common chickweedAnnual0.1 4-11 FLMHSNM232
Stellaria neglectaGreater Chickweed, Common chickweedAnnual0.1 0-0  LMHSNM10 
Stellaria nipponica Perennial0.2 -  LMHNDM10 
Stellaria puberaStar chickweedPerennial0.2 5-8 FMHFSM313
Stellaria radians Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Stellaria sessiliflora Perennial0.3 -  LMHSNM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

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