Survival Plant Profile: Shepherd's Needle
Never heard of Shepherd's Needle? That probably doesn't stop it from invading your yard, spreading hundreds of seedlings across tilled ground and sending its seeds hitchhiking on your socks.
|Horrible weeds! Oh no!|
However, like many weeds, this plant is a resource in disguise. Even if you can't manage to grow spinach, cauliflower or a bean without holes in it, you can grow this thing (though most people fight to KEEP it from growing) - and the leaves are edible. It's easy to find growing along roadsides, in fields and any place there's a sunny spot and some disturbed ground.
|A faux-vintage blurry fake colorized bee!|
|The parts that like socks.|
Next time you find some growing in your yard - and provided they're not too near your garden beds - leave a few. The bees will thank you. And your palate might not mind either. In terms of a survival green, it's hard to beat one that's healthy, easy-to-find, prolific and basically unknown.
And a look at Bidens alba by Green Deane at www.eattheweeds.com.
Name: Shepherd's needle
Latin Name: Bidens alba
Type: Herbaceous perennial/annual
Nitrogen Fixer: No
Exposure: Full sun/part shade
Part Used: Leaves
Method of preparation: Leaves raw, cooked, dried, sauteed.
Storability: Poor fresh. Easy to dry.
Ease of growing: Way too easy.
Nutrition: Very good
Availability: Very high