PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME:  Eastern Waterleaf

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Hydrophyllum virginianum / Boraginaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Virginia waterleaf

CONDITIONS: shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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mild

RAW/COOK

early Spring

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

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) Boil twice with fresh water often removes 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

 

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=Hydrophyllum+virginianum
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrophyllum_virginianum
  3. https://www.ediblewildfood.com/virginia-waterleaf.aspx  (good photos)
  4. http://foragerchef.com/virginia-waterleaf