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Common Name: West Indin Chickweed
The low mat of growth makes a good ground cover
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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Drymaria cordata is a Annual/Perennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - Japan, India and extending to the Tropics.
Lowland in C. Japan[
]. The plant grows in tropical and sub-tropical India, but extends into the Himalayas up to elevations of 2100 metres[
Prefers a rather rich soil in full sun[
We have very little information on this species and have some doubts about how hardy it is in this country. We assume that it is a perennial plant that can be grown in Britain as a frost-tender annual.
Tender young leaves and shoots - raw or cooked as a vegetable[
]. The leaves are used as a salad for their cooling properties[
]. Another report says that the herb is eaten raw or cooked as a stimulant[
The pounded leaf is applied to snake bites in China[
The plant is appetizer, depurative, emollient, febrifuge, laxative and stimulant[
]. The juice of the plant is used[
Seed - sow in situ in the spring. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 4 weeks at 20°c[