Potato weed (Galinsoga parviflora)

Latin Name: Galinsoga parviflora

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Description: An annual herb. It grows to 75 cm high and has a spread of 50 cm. The stem is erect and much branched. The stem is rather weak. The leaves are oval and opposite. The leaves have leaf stalks are the leaves are toothed around the edge. The flowers are small and daisy like. They occur in small clusters and have white rays and a yellow disk. The flowers are produced in the axils of the upper leaves.

Edibility Rating out of 5: 2

Medicinal Rating out of 5: 1

Edible Uses: The leaves, stem and flowering shoots – raw or cooked and eaten as a potherb, or added to soups and stews. They can be dried and ground into a powder then used as a flavouring in soups etc. A bland but very acceptable food, it makes a fine salad either on its own or mixed with other leaves. The fresh juice can be mixed and drunk with tomato or vegetable juices.

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Warnings: The plant is considered to be poisonous to goats.

Medicinal Uses: Astringent; Stings.

Medicinal Information: When rubbed onto the body, the plant is useful in treating nettle stings. The juice of the plant is applied to treat wounds, It helps to coagulate the blood of fresh cuts and wounds.

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2 thoughts on “Potato weed (Galinsoga parviflora)

  1. Wanda

    Sorry this is probably an unusual question but I need some for a recipe, would you know where I can buy some potato weed/galinsoga?

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