A hardy flowering BIENNIAL growing to 1.2m. Basal rosettes spiral up to flowering stems with butter-yellow flowers that are noted for attracting bees and butterflies. Prefers well-drained soil in a full sun position, and can grow in nutritionally poor soil.
Flowers, leaves, oil, root and seedpods are noted as edible. Many medicinal applications, particularly seed oil.
Roots can be cooked and are sweet and succulent. Young shoots can be eaten raw or cooked. The flowers are sweet and used in salads or as a garnish. Seed pods are also eaten and rich in gamma-linolenic acid.
Bark and the leaves are astringent and sedative, flower syrup has been used for whooping cough. The oil extracted from the seeds are a well-known food supplement taken for the treatment of a variety of ailments including multiple sclerosis, pre-menstrual tension, hyperactivity, eczema, acne, brittle nails, rheumatoid arthritis and alcohol-related liver damage.
Root is used as a poultice for bruises and for a tea to treat bowel pains.
It is also used as a cosmetic herb, a dye herb, and for the production of oil.
Please note that due to stock-take and a phenomenal start to the season, the MeadowSweet online shop will not fulfill orders for a few weeks (10 Nov - 20 Nov) . You can still catch me at the Orewa Farmers Market, or you are most welcome to send inquiries on plant availability.
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