Spotten lady's Thumb
Lady's thumb, Jesusplant, redshank
Polygonaceae - Buckwheat Family
Can grow to 3 ft tall
Alternate and almost stalkless. They typically have a brown or black spot in the center.
Segmented stem. Erect to floppy, with swollen joints
Tiny pink flowers are born in a dense spike at the end of the stems. The spikes are often heavy enough to cause the stem to droop.
Shiny black, three edged achene
A non-native plant which has become naturalized across its range.
Along the edges of roads, trails, yards, lots, as well as other waste areas
Leaves and young shoots
Wild Food Uses:
This mild tasting, nutritous, plant may be eaten raw in salads, or as a trail nibble.
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Note the hairs around the sheath