Shepherd's Purse is mostly an annual and classified as a weed by many, we use it as a treatment for varicose veins.
We have noticed that Shepherd's Purse produces a marked drop in blood pressure and although we do not care for the taste much, I have been reliably informed by a friend from Northern China that, as a vegetable, (especially as filling for dumplings), it tastes wonderful.
Tiny herb really, and takes up no space at all in the garden.
Shepherd's Purse is easy to grow and harvest, with no preference for sun or shade but does prefer winter outdoors.
Be careful not to plant too much at once.
50 fresh seeds $3.95
Degree of difficulty in germination.....1/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal
Shepherd's PurseBursae pastoris herbaHirtentschelkraut Published September 18, 1986; Revised March 13, 1990Name of Drug Bursae pastoris herba, shepherd's purse herb. Composition of Drug Shepherd's purse herb consists of the fresh or dried, above-ground parts of Capsella bursa pastoris (L.) Medikus [Fam. Brassicaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage. Uses Internal:Symptomatic treatment of mild menorrhagia and metrorrhagia, topical application for nose bleeds. External:Superficial, bleeding skin injuries. Contraindications None known. Side Effects None known. Interactions with Other Drugs None known. Dosage Unless otherwise prescribed:Average daily dosage:10 - 15 g of drug;equivalent preparations. Topical use:3 - 5 g of herb per cup of water as tea. Fluidextract (according to Erg. B. 6 ):Daily dosage: 5 - 8 g. Mode of Administration Comminuted drug for tea and other galenical preparations for internal use and external application. Actions Parenteral application only:Muscarine-like effects with dose-dependent lowering and elevation of blood pressure;Positive inotropic and chronotropic cardiac effects;Increased uterine contraction.