PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Carpetweed

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Mollugo verticillata / Molluginaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):

CONDITIONS: sun – partial shade
 

PARTS:

EDIBLE cid:image001.jpg@01D3EC3E.A305A520

TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

cid:image001.jpg@01D3EC3E.A305A520

mild

COOK

Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small/herb

 

COMMENT:  “The entire plant above ground can be boiled. Leaves are more preferable; young and tender — the meristem stage — even better.” Add to stews.

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Demulcent;  Poultice.(1) “The family Molluginaceae has been studied for its therapeutic enduing characteristics due to the production of Triterpene sapanonins and Flavonoids. Research has shown that acetic acid extracted from M. verticillata could be a potential immunomodulator. The chemical makeup in members of the Molluginaceae family in general have anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.”(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Cleaver

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Mollugo+verticillata
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/carpetweed
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mollugo_verticillata