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Common Name: Marsh Cudweed
Gnaphalium uliginosum is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
Most of Europe, including Britain, to W. Asia.
Damp places in sandy fields, heaths, waysides etc, on acid soils[
Prefers a position in full sun or partial shade in a moist to wet light acid soil[
Marsh cudweed is little used in modern herbalism, though it is occasionally taken for its astringent, antiseptic and anticatarrhal properties[
The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, astringent, diaphoretic and diuretic[
]. It may also have aphrodisiac and anti-depressant effects[
]. It is used both internally and externally in the treatment of laryngitis, upper respiratory catarrh and tonsillitis, whilst in Russia it is used in the treatment of high blood pressure[
]. The plant is harvested when it is in flower and is dried for later use[
Yellow and green dyes are obtained from the whole plant[
Seed - sow late spring in situ and only just cover the seed.