Stachys palustris L.
ssp. pilosa (Nutt.) Epling.
All young shoots, rootstalks, flowers, and seeds are all edible. The young shoots, despite their smell, were cooked as a vegetable. The rootstalks, collected in autumn, were dried and ground for use in breads. They were also eaten raw, pickled, boiled, or baked.
Medicinal teas made from plants are used for treating migraine headaches, sprains, inflamed joints, and inflammations of the bladder. The plant has been highly valued for its wound-healing activity, being effective against both internal and external bleeding. The leaves and roots have been used in poultices to reduce pain and swelling of sprains, joints, and headaches. The herb is harvested in the summer when just coming into flower and can be dried for later use.
Divide in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. It is best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
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