Herbaceous perennial native to Europe and naturalized worldwide. As a food, young leaves may be incorporated in salads or as a potherb. Traditional usage (TWM): antimicrobial and antiinflammatory, wound healing, immunotonic, soothing, diuretic. Source of antibacterial tannins and cell-proliferating allantoin. Plants thrive in sun or shade, moist or sodden soils. Broad, oval, bright green leaves. Sow seed on surface of soil in early spring. Seed prefers cool soils for germination, which can take up to 6 weeks. Space plants 1 foot apart.
These caterpillars are solitary creatures who tend to live alone, and they shouldn’t cause too much damage overall. Pick them off and move them elsewhere, if you like.
It’s also known as American, blackseed, or pale plantain.
But Romeo also dishes out the same medicine Benvolio has given him with his mockery, insinuating that Benvolio has offered little help for his love-sickness.
If you find some growing wild, you can dig them up and transplant elsewhere to encourage spreading wherever you like.
For a wonderfully soothing salve, try adding additional herbs such as calendula, yarrow, comfrey, and jewelweed. You can also add a few drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil for a final, therapeutic and aromatic touch.
Cultivation and History
If you see them, knock them off with a strong spray from the hose.
The seeds can also be soaked in room temperature water to make a cold infusion.