My maternal Grandma (1896-1955) would go into the swamps and harvest a plant called 'Cowslips, according to my mom (1922-2014). She also collected Dandelion greens to feed her family during the great depression.
Wild butternuts, walnuts, chestnuts as well as black berries, raspberries, black raspberries were gathered as food, plus she had a garden. It was amazing what this woman accomplished…but I digress.
This perennial herb, the flowers and roots of which contain flavonoids, glycosides, and saponins; it is analgesic, antispasmodic, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, and sedative. It has been used internally for arthritis, headache, insomnia, measles, paralysis, respiratory tract infections, and restlessness, and topically for sunburns.
cowslip ( plural cowslips )
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- A low-growing plant, Primula veris , with yellow flowers. quotations ▼
- Any of several other plants related or similar in appearance
- Primula deorum , a flowering plant known as God’s cowslip and rila cowslip
- Primula florindae , a flowering plant known as giant cowslip and Tibetan cowslip
- Primula sikkimensis , a flowering plant known as Himalayan cowslip and Sikkim cowslip
- (Canada, US, regional) marsh marigold, Caltha palustris , a plant in the buttercup family, growing in wet, boggy locations.
- Pulmonaria angustifolia , blue cowslip or narrow-leaved lungwort
- Short for cowslip tea : a kind of green tea; an herbal tea made with cowslip flowers.
- (Primula veris): paigle, herb Peter
- (Caltha palustris): marsh marigold, kingcup, mayflower, mollyblobs, pollyblobs, horse blob
Ask Christine4, she will give you all the technical knowledge.
She’s my memory bank.
Moderator Edit – Source link added for Wiktionary.