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Common Name: Water Chickweed
Myosoton aquaticum is a Annual/Perennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Europe, including Britain but excluding the Arctic, east through temperate Asia.
Marshes, fens, streamsides, ditches and damp woods at low altitudes[
See details above on native habitat for ideas on the plants cultivation needs.
Young leaves and stems - cooked[
]. Sweet and tender[
], they are very rich in minerals[
]. A famine food that is only used in times of scarcity[
A decoction of the leaves is used as a galactogogue[
The plant is used in the treatment of fistula[
Seed - probably best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe.