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Stellaria - 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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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Stellaria Bog Stitchwort, Bog chickweed


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Stellaria Bog Stitchwort, Bog chickweed

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Stellaria 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.

Synonyms

Alsine uliginosa. Stellaria uliginosa

Habitats

Edible Uses

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

Composition
Figures in grams (g) or miligrams (mg) per 100g of food.
Leaves (Dry weight)
  • 0 Calories per 100g
  • Water : 0%
  • Protein: 14.5g; Fat: 2.4g; Carbohydrate: 63.9g; Fibre: 20.5g; Ash: 19.3g;
  • Minerals - Calcium: 0mg; Phosphorus: 0mg; Iron: 0mg; Magnesium: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Potassium: 0mg; Zinc: 0mg;
  • Vitamins - A: 30mg; Thiamine (B1): 0.02mg; Riboflavin (B2): 0.14mg; Niacin: 0.51mg; B6: 0mg; C: 375mg;
  • Reference: [ 218]
  • Notes: The figure for vitamin A is in mg

Medicinal Uses

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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].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a moist soil.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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 NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Stellaria alsineBog Stitchwort, Bog chickweed12
Stellaria dichotomaAmerican chickweed02
Stellaria diversiflora 10
Stellaria jamesianatuber starwort30
Stellaria mediaChickweed, Common chickweed23
Stellaria neglectaGreater Chickweed, Common chickweed10
Stellaria nipponica 10
Stellaria radians 10
Stellaria sessiliflora 10

 

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