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Common Name: Sandwort
Spergularia rubra is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.25 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Europe, including Britain, south and east from Norway to N. Africa and Asia. N. America,
Open gravelly or sandy habitats[
]. Sand dunes, heaths and coastal cliffs[
This plant is often found growing in paving crevices and other impoverished niches in the garden[
]. It is a calcifuge plant, requiring neutral to acid soils[
Seed - cooked. Dried and ground into a meal then used with flour for making bread etc[
]. A famine food, it is only used when all else fails[
The leaves are diuretic and lithontripic[
]. The plant contains a resinous aromatic substance that is probably the active principle[
]. An infusion is thought to relax the muscle walls of the urinary tubules and so it is used in the treatment of kidney stones, acute and chronic cystitis and catarrh of the bladder[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. Some seed germinates in the autumn in the wild while some germinates in the spring.