The plant is harvested while in flower when intended for use in homeopathy. Harvest flowers and leaves as needed in season, preferably in the morning. When harvesting seed; it is important to allow the seed head to completely ripen before picking it from the plant. It will turn brown and may crack when it’s ripe. Cut the stem at the base of the plant and enclose the seed head end in a paper bag, secured with string.
Propagated by seed after the last frost. Sow seed in early spring.
Propagated by division after flowering. The divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions.
Great plant for containers since this prevents spreading, provide sufficient water and drainage holes.
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as bees, flies, butterflies and beetles.
It has astringent properties and has been used in herbal medicine. Used in homoeopathy for wounds and after certain surgical procedures, as well as for blunt trauma in animals.
It may be used as a potherb. Young leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked. Flower buds and petals can be eaten raw in sandwiches, soups and salads. Used as a tea and as a vitamin supplement.