Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Backyard Native Weeds: Pennsylvania Pellitory

Pennsylvania Pellitory, Parietaria pensylvanica is an easy plant to overlook.  There's not much about it appearances to separate it from the crowd.  In fact, it mostly resembles a diminutive Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioca.  Which is no really no surprise, they are both members of the Nettle Family, Urticaceae.  Like Stinging Nettle, the leaves of Pennsylvania Pellitory have small hairs.  However they do not sting.  And also like Stinging Nettle, it is edible.  I tried the leaf of a plant growing in our backyard.  The taste was actually quite good, very cucumber-like.  But way to rough, it left a scratchy feel on my tongue for a bit.  Maybe if it was cooked briefly.