Alchemilla aphanes Leers
Alchemilla arvensis (L.) Scop.
Alchemilla cuneifolia Nutt. ex Torr. & A.Gray
Alchemilla delicatula Sennen
Alchemilla occidentalis Nutt. ex Torr. & A.Gray
Alchemilla triloba Gilib.
Aphanes cuneifolia (Nutt. ex Torr. & A.Gray) Rydb.
Aphanes delicatula Sennen
Aphanes occidentalis (Nutt. ex Torr. & A.Gray) Rydb.
Aphanes triloba Gilib.
Aphanes vulgaris Schur
Percepier arvensis (L.) Moench
Common Name: Parsley Piert
Aphanes arvensis is a small, annual plant, usually much-branched from the base, with erect or sprawling stems 2 - 20cm long[
Parsley Piert has a long history of medicinal use, particularly as a diuretic and to rid the body of stones in the kidney or bladder. The plant is still often used in modern herbalism, being mainly harvested from the wild and sometimes traded.
Europe, - Sweden to Spain, east through Asia to Turkey, the Caucasus and Iran
Arable and dry stony ground and old walls on acid and basic soils.[
Succeeds in most well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade[
]. The plant tolerates stony or gravelly soils as well as both acid and alkaline conditions[
]. It grows well in a short lawn[
This is an aggregate species that contains a number of very closely related species[
Leaves - eaten raw in salads or pickled for winter use[
]. The plant is rarely eaten nowadays[
Parsley piert has a long history of folk use, being commonly employed to rid the body of stones in the kidney or bladder. It has become a highly respected herb in modern herbalism for the treatment of kidney stones[
The whole herb is astringent, demulcent, diuretic and refrigerant[
]. It is used mainly as an infusion in the treatment of kidney and bladder complaints (including cystitis and recurrent urinary infections), jaundice etc[
]. A very valuable remedy, acting violently but safely by promoting the flow of urine[
], it is often used in combination with other herbs[
The plant is harvested in early summer and can be used fresh or dried[
The herb is considered to be most efficacious when it is freshly collected and dried[
Seed - sow autumn in situ. The seed is best sown in dry weather[