Shepherd’s Purse, Capsella bursa-pastoris, is a wild edible and medicinal plant that can be found throughout most the year. You can eat the leaves and seedpods. It was used medicinally for headache, dysentery, diarrhea and as a poison ivy remedy.
Shepherd’s Purse Sources:
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