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Reichardia picroides

Picridie vulgaire
Common Brighteyes

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

10-14 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Spatulate

Height

20 cm

Description

Previously known as Picridium vulgare, the common Provençal name for this small plant is ‘Coustelline’. Easily recognized and can be found everywhere, inland as well as on the coast. What sets it apart from other, similar looking plants is that the leaves have a bluish sheen and, after flowering, when the seeds have dropped, a very small, silvery, shiny disk remains until the following year.

Flowers

Solitary ray florets, yellow at the base. Flower stalk not thickened towards the top.

Leaves

Spatulate broad end of the leaf tapers to the point of connection with the plant stem. Very variable, broad end tapers to base, lobed, serrated or nearly entire, bluish-green in colour.

Fruits Seeds

Achene: a cluster of 1-seeded fruit, 2-3 cm.

Edible

One of the best local wild salad leaves. When growing along the seashore it has an added salty flavour, in addition to the slightly bitter taste.

Medical

Leaves: anti-oxidant properties.

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