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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Young shoots - raw or cooked[1][2][3]. A bitter cabbage-like flavour, they are used as a flavouring in salads or cooked as a potherb[183, K]. Seed - raw or cooked[4]. It can be ground into a powder and used as a gruel or as a mustard-like flavouring in soups etc[3][5].

Unknown part

Leaves

Material uses

Alkaline secretions from the growing roots help to sweeten an acid soil[6].
There are no material uses listed for Sisymbrium officinale.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The whole plant is said to be antiaphonic, diuretic, expectorant, laxative and stomachic[7][8][9][10]. This plant was at one time known as the 'singer's plant' because of its use in treating loss of the voice[8]. A strong infusion of the whole plant has been used in the treatment of throat complaints[7][11]. Excessive doses can affect the heart[11]. The dried plant is almost inactive, so it should only be used when freshly harvested[8].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Soil conditioner

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ[11].

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Cultivation

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils but prefers a moist to dry acid to alkaline soil in full sun or light shade[11].

Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[11]. Hedge mustard grows well near oats but it inhibits the growth of turnips[6]. The plant has a peculiar aptitude for collecting and retaining dust[7]. This means that when growing near roads or other polluted places the leaves are seldom edible[K].

A food plant for the caterpillars of several butterfly and moth species[12].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Sisymbrium officinale. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Sisymbrium officinale.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Sisymbrium officinale
Genus
Sisymbrium
Family
Brassicaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
6
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    2. ? 2.02.1 Launert. E. Edible and Medicinal Plants. Hamlyn ISBN 0-600-37216-2 (1981-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.2 Harrington. H. D. Edible Native Plants of the Rocky Mountains. University of New Mexico Press ISBN 0-8623-0343-9 (1967-00-00)
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    6. ? 6.06.16.2 Philbrick H. and Gregg R. B. Companion Plants. Watkins (1979-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.3 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.18.28.3 Chiej. R. Encyclopaedia of Medicinal Plants. MacDonald ISBN 0-356-10541-5 (1984-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.1 Lust. J. The Herb Book. Bantam books ISBN 0-553-23827-2 (1983-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    11. ? 11.011.111.211.311.411.5 Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
    12. ? Carter D. Butterflies and Moths in Britain and Europe. Pan ISBN 0-330-26642-x (1982-00-00)
    13. ? Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (1962-00-00)

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