Shamrock, lucky clover, good luck plant
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY
- Annual or perennial herbs; leaves long-stalked with 3
leaflets; flowers 5-parted, white, yellow, lavender, or rose; fruit a capsule.
- Americas and South Africa.
- Houseplant or interiorscape; weedy in disturbed areas,
lawns; landscape in flower gardens as herbaceous perennial.
- Ingestion, but no documented cases in humans.
- All parts.
- Caution: large quantities may cause trembling, cramps,
and staggering as in grazing animals.
- EDIBLE PARTS: Small amounts of leaves, flowers, seeds,
tubers/roots eaten raw are not dangerous. Leaves, flowers, seeds, tubers/roots
HARVEST TIME : Only collect plants from areas you know have NOT been treated
with pesticides. Gather stems and leaves during early spring through fall.
SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Wash edible parts thoroughly with warm water.
Do not use dish detergent or any type of sanitizer. These products can
leave a residue. Tender stems and leaves can be steeped in hot water. Use
liquid as a sour lemonade-type drink. For tea, use a handful of leaves
per pint of water. Add to salads for a lemony taste. Cook with greens to
enhance mild flavors. Remove stems if too stringy. Use flowers raw in salads
or as cooked greens. Add young seed pods to salads or cook with the leaves
and stems. Clean tubers and roots and eat raw or cooked with the greens,
seeds, and flowers. SOURCE: Larson, Ken. 1995. God's Free Harvest, Rhema
Publishing, Inc., Suwanee, GA. 231 pp. Peterson, L. 1978. A Field Guide
to Edible Wild Plants. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 330 pp.
- Soluble oxalate.
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
"Poisonous Plants of North Carolina,"
Dr. Alice B. Russell, Department of Horticultural Science; Dr. James
W. Hardin, Botany; Dr. Larry Grand, Plant Pathology; and Dr. Angela Fraser,
Family and Consumer Sciences; North Carolina State University. All
Pictures Copyright @1997Alice B. Russell, James W. Hardin, Larry Grand.
Computer programming, Miguel A. Buendia; graphics, Brad Capel.
Disclaimer: The list of poisonous plants on this web site does
not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known, or that might
be found in an urban landscape or home. North Carolina State University
does not advise eating any of the plants included in this web site. The
information concerning edibility is taken from the literature, and the
degree of reliability is unknown. We discourage the use of any of these
plants for self medication. In cases of accidental exposure or ingestion,
contact the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.
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