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NAME:  Clearweed, Nettle

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Pilea pumila

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: partial shade, moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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COOK

Spring & Fall

Leaves

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cilantra&spinach

COOK

Spring & Fall

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

PORTION:  small

COMMENT:  All nettles are edible. // Clearweed has a translucent stem and shiny leaves.  Is full of juice.

CAUTIONS: Some say that it is unpalatable https://www.mossyoak.com/our-obsession/blogs/how-to/foraging-the-forest-floor-asparagus-chickweed-and-stinging-nettle

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/pilea/pumila - Canada clearweed is so-named because the stems and leaves are peculiarly translucent. This quality has been used to demonstrate transpiration in the classroom, by putting the stems into dyed water. The Cherokee rubbed the stems between their toes to cure itching, whereas the Iroquois squeezed the liquid out of the stems and inhaled it to treat sinus problems. http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=233500918 - Native Americans used Pilea pumila medicinally to alleviate itching, to cure sinus problems, and to treat excessive hunger (D. E. Moerman 1986)

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES:  White Snakeroot - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageratina_altissima

OTHER USES:

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

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilea_pumila

  2. http://identifythatplant.com/three-members-of-the-nettle-family/

  3. http://lindentreeintuitive.com/weeds-or-backyard-edibles-5-common-weeds-that-pack-a-nutritional-punch

  4. https://www.wildedible.com/wild-food-guide/stinging-nettle#targetText=All%20nettles%20are%20edible.,clearweed%20has%20no%20stinging%20hairs.&targetText=11%20years%20ago%20ago%20at,Washington%2C%20United%20States%20by%20brewbooks.

  5. http://www.eattheweeds.com/urtica-chamaedryoides-nettle-knowledge-2