Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition
Leaves - cooked
Seed - cooked
. It can be ground into a powder then mixed with water and cooked like porridge
Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant
The leaves are applied externally to burns
The seeds are aphrodisiac. They contain about 5% tannin.
The plant is cooling
. an infusion is used to treat bloat
Seed - sow spring in situ.
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Succeeds in most soils but prefers a deep fertile moderately heavy soil that is humus-rich, moisture-retentive but well-drained and a position in full-sun or part shade
. Plants are likely to require a moist to wet soil.
Closely related to R. palustris
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
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Material uses & Functions
- Strong wind
- Maritime exposure
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