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anagallis arvensis
Posted: 23/05/2009 by shazzler

Hi all,

 ive noticed this little cute weed growing here and there and have finally got it identified as a form of chickweed, now i know normal white chikweed is edible but can anybody tell me if this little orange one is ok for twiglet my horsefield huni,

thanks in advance

sharon xxxxx

Re: anagallis arvensis
Posted: 23/05/2009 by tpgNina

Hi Sharon,

This is where common names are misleading or dangerous. Anagallis arvensis is commonly known as Scarlet Pimpernel, and also as Red Chickweed, but it isn't Chickweed at all (Chickweed is Stellaria and a different plant altogether.

From what I can see, Anagallis arvensis has toxic properties. Here is one quote:
"The plant contains several toxins that have poisoned livestock, and an irritant in the plant hairs can cause allergies in humans."

And here is another quote:
"The scarlet pimpernel was at one time highly regarded as a medicinal herb, especially in the treatment of epilepsy and mental problems[254], but there is little evidence to support its efficacy and it is no longer recommended for internal use because it contains toxic saponins and cytotoxic cucurbitacins[238, 254].

The whole herb is antitussive, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, nervine, purgative, stimulant and vulnerary. It can be taken internally or applied externally as a poultice. An infusion is used in the treatment of dropsy, skin infections and disorders of the liver and gall bladder. Use with caution, large doses can cause polyuria and tremor."

So best avoided!


Re: anagallis arvensis
Posted: 02/06/2009 by shazzler

wow thanks nina a very thorough answer its a good job i looked up the latin name and double checked,

as you can tell i dont get to visit the site as often as id like now due to work and stuff but twiglet is doing really well and has a proper cheeky personality now

shazzler xxxxxx


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