Heart's Ease, Lady's Thumb
Perrenial herbaceous plant 15.2-30.4cm (6-24in) tall with red stem. Leaves are lance-shaped. Leaf nodes are covered in papery, fringed sheaths. Flowers are pinkish-purple and arranged in elongated clusters. Flowers are present June through October.
Found in waste places, this invasive alien is native to Europe. Ranges throughout North America.
Uses and Parts Used
Leaf Tea used for heart ailments, stomachaches, inflammation, sore throat, and as a diuretic. Also used against kidney stones. Leaf tea also used as a foot soak for pain in legs and feet.
Whole plant poultice used for general pain, poison ivy rash, and insect repellent.
Juice from this plant may cause dermatitis.