native now common throughout grassy pastures of the U.S. A perennial
to 1ft, it lifts a branching flowering stalk from May-August with
tiny flowers turning green to red from a base of arrow-shaped leaves.
Grow specs: Easy from seed, spring or fall,
in moist acidic soil and full sun. Thin to 8-12".
Medicinally used to treat scurvy, fever, excessive
menstrual bleeding and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Ingredient
of Native American cancer remedy essiac. High oxalic acid and tannin
content leaches calcium and can aggravate arthritis, gout, kidney
stones and rheumatism.