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Myosoton aquaticum - (L.)Moench.

Common Name Water Chickweed, Giantchickweed
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Marshes, fens, streamsides, ditches and damp woods at low altitudes[17].
Range Europe, including Britain but excluding the Arctic, east through temperate Asia.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Myosoton aquaticum Water Chickweed, Giantchickweed


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Myosoton aquaticum Water Chickweed, Giantchickweed
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Myosoton aquaticum is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies, bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil and can grow in water.

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Synonyms

Cerastium aquaticum. Stellaria aquatica.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves and stems - cooked[105, 178]. Sweet and tender[178, 179], they are very rich in minerals[179]. A famine food that is only used in times of scarcity[105, 177].

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Medicinal Uses

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Galactogogue

A decoction of the leaves is used as a galactogogue[240]. The plant is used in the treatment of fistula[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

See details above on native habitat for ideas on the plants cultivation needs.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - probably best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

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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Author

(L.)Moench.

Botanical References

17

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