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Pilosella officinarum

Piloselle
Mouse-ear Hawkweed

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

30 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July,

August

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

5-25 cm

Description

A hairy, mat-forming plant which spreads by layering.

It contains a compound called ‘umbelliferone’, often used in sunscreen lotions.

Flowers

Flowers are light yellow in colour, with toothed petals.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Long, with long hairs and a prominent central vein.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a cluster of 1-3 seeded fruit, 3 mm, with hairs.

Medical

Whole plant: once used to treat jaundice. A bitter, antibiotic herb that is a diuretic and expectorant, promotes healing, relaxes spasms and reduces inflammation.

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