Parsley Piert (Aphanes arvensis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Parsley Piert
Aphanes arvensis
Rosaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Parsley piert has a long history of folk use, being commonly employed to rid the body of stones in the kidney or bladder. It has become a highly respected herb in modern herbalism for the treatment of kidney stones[268].

    The whole herb is astringent, demulcent, diuretic and refrigerant[4, 53, 165]. It is used mainly as an infusion in the treatment of kidney and bladder complaints (including cystitis and recurrent urinary infections), jaundice etc[4, 238]. A very valuable remedy, acting violently but safely by promoting the flow of urine[4], it is often used in combination with other herbs[238, 254]. The plant is harvested in early summer and can be used fresh or dried[238]. The herb is considered to be most efficacious when it is freshly collected and dried[238].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – eaten raw in salads or pickled for winter use[4, 5, 52, 183]. The plant is rarely eaten nowadays[238].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow autumn in situ. The seed is best sown in dry weather[238].
Succeeds in most well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade[238]. The plant tolerates stony or gravelly soils as well as both acid and alkaline conditions[238]. It grows well in a short lawn[53]. This is an aggregate species that contains a number of very closely related species[17].
Most of Europe, including Britain, east to Iran in W. Asia.

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