Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) 100+ Seeds
100+ Seeds, Organic
Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) aka lady's purse, shepherd's bag, shovelweed, caseweed and mother's heart.
Description---The plant is green, but some what rough with hairs. The main leaves,2 to 6 inches long, are very variable in form, either irregularly pinnatifid or entire and toothed. When not in flower, it may be distinguished by its radiating leaves, of which the outer lie close to the earth.
The slender stem, which rises from the crown of the root, from the center of the rosette of radical leaves, is usually sparingly branched. It is smooth, except at the lower part, and bears a few, small, oblong leaves, arrow-shaped at the base, and above them, numerous small, white, inconspicuous flowers, which are self-fertilized and followed by wedge-shaped fruit pods, divided by narrow partitions into two cells, which contain numerous oblong yellow seeds. When ripe, the pod separates into its two boat-shaped valves.
The odor of the plant is peculiar and rather unpleasant, though more cress-like than pungent.
It has an aromatic and biting taste, but is less acrid than most of the Cruciferae, and was formerly used as a pot-herb, the young radical leaves being sold in Philadelphia as greens in the spring. It causes taint of milk when freely eaten by dairy cattle.
---Part Used---In modern herbal medicine the whole plant is employed, dried and administered in infusion, and in fluid extract.
A homeopathic tincture is prepared from the fresh plant.
---Constituents---During the summer, the plant has a sharp, acrid taste, due to the stimulating principle.
A peculiar sulphuretted volatile oil, closely similar to, if not identical with oil of mustard, as well as a fixed oil, have been determined and 6 per cent of a soft resin.