Scientific Name(s): Polygonum persicaria
Where: moist, sunny areas
When: spring, summer
Nutritional Value: assorted vitamins & minerals
Dangers: none known
Lady's thumb. The dark "V" stain is supposed to look like the thumbprint of a lady.
Lady's Thumb (note the dark smudge on the leaf between the 3" and 4" section of the ruler)
"Smudge-free" lady's thumb.
This "weed" prefers moist, sunny locations on the banks of streams and lakes but it can occasionally be found in much drier locations. A delicious potherb, simply boil it for 8-10 minutes then serve with butter or roasted garlic or bits of bacon or all of those combined.