The Field Mouse-ear (Cerastium arvense) is an unassuming little flower that I only noticed this year after starting this series of blog posts. Turns out, it’s a chickweed and considered edible (boiled, tastes of spinach, like the rest of the chickweeds) if slightly on the hairy side texture-wise. According to a fascinating profile on MPG North, “astringent juice made from crushed leaves and stems is a mineral-rich tonic and a treatment for painful urination. A tea of the foliage is analgesic to treat inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and lungs, and to treat uterine bleeding due to miscarriage. A tea can be used externally as a treatment for inflammation of mucous membranes and skin, wounds, burns, and for soothing itchy skin and hives. Plants in this family contain small amounts of saponins, foam producing compounds, and were used as a mild soap or added to bodies of water to stupefy fish causing them to float to the surface.” All that from one plain little plant lurking next to the swings. Neat! We don’t have enough of it that I could try even one of those things, but these are the sort of facts that I like to know about my local plants. In case of apocalypse and all. Thank you, Internet!
Also, this is my first time posting using only my phone, in an attempt to make my blogging a bit more mobile now that I am no longer near my computer most of the day. So far, so good!