- Category: Plants
- Published on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 19:43
- Written by Administrator
This little plant is found near sides of roads and in shady areas; they grow 20 inches tall and have an umbrella like top along with a small white flower that only blooms in May, hints the name! They are fully green, but you should not be eaten the fruit till they are yellow in late summer! There is no poisonous or similar/ look-alikes, but you should not use any part of the plant when it’s green. When ripe they will be yellow and you eat the egg shape or apple shape fruit under the plant canopy. Once they turn yellow they will start to fall over or die, and the fruit will fall off into your hand, which is another indicator when it’s ready to eat!
Medical: this has been used by native peoples for treating everything from Constipation to rheumatism and even liver disorders using it has shown to be useful if used topically for treating warts. Also after doing some reading I found that is has had promise in treating Leukemia.
This plant is useful but can be dangerous if not used properly, so I caution anyone who uses this plant to get to know it FULLY! And I hold not responsibility for misuse or misidentifying, and as always you should consult a professional and use a quality field guide!