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Common Name: Virginian Stonecrop
Penthorum sedoides is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
N. America - New Brunswick to Florida, west to Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Texas.
Low wet ground[
]. Ditches and swamps[
Suitable for the waterside or shallow water[
This species is included in the family Crassulaceae by some botanists and placed in its own family by others[
Leaves - cooked[
]. Used as a potherb[
A tincture of the plant is somewhat astringent, demulcent, laxative and tonic[
]. The plant is noted for its effectiveness in treating catarrhal problems of many kinds and has also been used successfully in treating diarrhoea, haemorrhoids and infantile cholera[
The seeds have been used in making cough syrups[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in pots that are standing in about 3cm of water as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on shallow water in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.