Please remember that Forage Friday is presented as trivia and not to be mistaken for medical advice.
The Light flows easily through the thin canopy and is caught by the gem-like leaves and petals of the stonecrop. For years I’ve been aware of stonecrop and appreciated it’s beauty but not given it much thought until I started the Forage Friday posts. So when I saw it there resting on a bed of moss like a crown for the rock I decided to look into it a little deeper.
The plant is a succulent and prefers well drained areas. I presume that the moss gives it just the right amount moisture to thrive on top of the rock. I’ve also learned that it flowers the best in dappled light and this spot has that as well. If one wants to grow stonecrop then I think it helps to start with establishing a colony of moss on native stone.
I believe that what I have found is Woodland Stonecrop. The genus Sedum contains about 600 species and with that many cousins it gets difficult to tell everyone apart. It’s said to have a peppery flavor and can be eaten raw or cooked. Large quantities can cause an upset stomach and yellow varieties are thought to be mildly toxic but that the toxins can be neutralized by cooking So this is probably another one that’s best mixed with something that needs a bit of additional flavor.
Medicinal uses include reducing high blood pressure and as a cough remedy. Stonecrop is in the same family as Hens and Chicks but a different genre. However, it does have similar uses topically for burns and rashes, minor wounds, eczema mouth ulcers and to remove warts. I suspect that the wart removal is the result of a compound that is antiviral but I haven’t been able to confirm that at this time.
Finally, stonecrop is said to be good bee food. And I consider that a secondary edible/medicinal benefit. I don’t really claim to know a lot about what’s in honey or propolis but as I understand it bees are able to accumulate and concentrate beneficial compounds from the flowers they visit. And that raw, unfiltered honey is a way that we can gain some of the beneficial compounds without disturbing the plants themselves. Buying local honey from a local bee keeper is a great way to help the plants, bees and beekeepers and yourself all at the same time!
Well Friends, that’s all I’ve got for tonight. Good night and be blessed throughout your days.
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