Capsella bursa-pastoris. N.O. Cruciferae.
Synonym ► Mother’s Heart, Pickpocket, Shepherd’s Sprout. Habitat ► Hedgerows, meadows, waysides, waste places.
Features ► Stem erect, slightly branched, varies from a few inches to over a foot in height with the richness of the soil. Leaves irregular-lanceolate, also differing largely in size and shape with the plant’s environment. Identifiable by the triangular seed vessels, thought to resemble in shape the purses of olden days. Blossoms during most of the year ; flowers very small, white, short-stalked. Odour unpleasant.
Part used ► Herb.
Action ► Diuretic, stimulant.
The infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint is administered in wineglass doses for kidney complaints and dropsy. Often combined with Pellitory-of-the-Wall and Juniper berries.