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Lady's Thumb (Polygonum persicaria) ~ LuminEarth's How to Identify Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2010

Lady's Thumb is an annual plant and a member of the buckwheat family. It has narrow, pointed lance shaped leaves ranging in size from 1 1/2 to 4 inches long. Often there is a darkened triangular spot toward the center resembling a lady's thumbprint. These plants have a cluster of tiny pink flowers growing up from the stalk. Lady's Thumb is a common weed and grows on lawns, meadows, open sunny areas and disturbed soils. There are no poisonous plants that resemble Lady's Thumb, so once you learn it, it is one of the most easiest recognized and safest of the wild edible plants. Lady's Thumb is a member of the subgroup called Smartweeds. Please note that even though Lady's Thumb is sometimes called "Smartweed", it's taste and medicinal properties differ from other members of the smartweed family. Many of the other plants are very hot and peppery, and have stronger medicinal properties. Lady's Thumb good to eat from mid-spring to late fall. The leaves, flowers and shoots can be eaten raw or cooked and are mild tasting, similar to lettuce.

For the most current and detailed information on this plant, please visit our FREE Online Guide to Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants at http://www.luminearth.com/luminearths... .

Disclaimer: The statements in these videos are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by or sanctioned by the FDA. Only your doctor can properly diagnose and treat any disease or disorder. The remedies discussed herein are not meant to treat or cure any type of disease. The user understands that the above information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or a pharmacist. Make sure you can positively identify a plant before ingesting it. Some plants are poisonous, and misidentification could possibly result in serious illness or death.

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