Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it does contain saponins. Although toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm. They are also broken down by thorough cooking. Saponins are found in many plants, including several that are often used for food, such as certain beans. It is advisable not to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K].
Plant - cooked
. Consumed as a vegetable in Iceland and in Arctic and Alpine regions
The raw root skins have been used for food
. This report refers to the sub-species S. acaulis exscapa. (All.)DC.
Plants form a rooting carpet and can be grown as a ground cover when planted about 25cm apart each way
The plant has been used in the treatment of children with colic
Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.
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Easily grown in a light soil in full sun, doing best on a moraine
. Prefers a cool climate, plants can be difficult to bring into flower in the garden
. The sub-species S. acaulis saxatilis flowers more freely than the type
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