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NAME: Eastern Waterleaf
SPECIES / FAMILY: Hydrophyllum Virginianum / Boraginaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): Virginia waterleaf
mild RAW/COOK early Spring
COMMENT/CAUTION: The mild-tasting and tender young leaves make a pleasant addition to the salad bowl, whilst older leaves make a good spinach. Only use when young, they become bitter with age. (1) Can also be variegated.
CAUTION: Boil twice with fresh water to remove bitterness.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Astringent. A tea made from the roots is astringent, it is used in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery etc. A decoction, or the chewed root, has been used as a wash for cracked lips and sore mouths. (1)
LOOK-A-LIKES: Bishop’s Goutweed, Aniseroot, Sweet Cicely
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
- https://www.ediblewildfood.com/virginia-waterleaf.aspx (good photos)