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
Young leaves - raw or cooked
. A spinach substitute
. A fairly mild flavour when young, they make a very acceptable spinach at this time and can also be added in moderation to mixed salads[K]. The leaves soon become bitter with age[K].
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 root is astringent
. An infusion is useful in the treatment of bleeding
. The root is harvested in early spring and dried for later use
A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of several skin diseases
Seed - sow spring in situ.
Division in spring.
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A very easily grown plant, succeeding in most soils and preferring a moist moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position
Plants usually self-sow freely in the garden[K].
Of some value in the flower border or kitchen garden for its ornamental edible leaves
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