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Common Name: Brookweed
Samolus valerandi is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Most regions of the world, including Britain, usually near the sea.
Wet places, especially near the sea[
], also in shallow water, avoiding acid soils and shade[
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil in a wet position or in shallow water[
]. Dislikes shade or acid soils.
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A rather bitter flavour[
The leaves are antiscorbutic[
Seed - surface sow in a cold frame in the spring, standing the pot in about 3cm of water. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and gradually increase the depth of water as the plants grow until it is level with the tops of the pots. Plant out in the summer if there has been sufficient growth, otherwise plant out in late spring of the following year.
Division in spring.