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Common Marestail

Hippuris vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The inconspicuous flowers of Marestail are minute and petalless. They are pink and form at the bases of the leaves.
Fruit:
A tiny, ovoid, green nut. Each nut contains 1 seed.
Leaves:
An unbranched, erect perennial waterweed which grows in still or slow flowing water. Most of the plant is submerged beneath the water. The strap-shaped leaves are in whorls of 6 to 12. Marestail has been semantically confused with Horsetails but they are two different plants altogether.
Maximum Size:
120cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and shoots are edible, raw or cooked. They can be used to make soup.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bottlebrush, Cat-tail, Joint Weed, Paddock Piper, Witch's Milk.
Habitats:
Bogs, ditches, marshes, ponds, swamps, water, waterside.