Pellitory of the wall
This little and overlooked wild plant is a noted tonic for the kidneys and bladder. It is soothing and increases the flow of urine, while also reducing inflammation and helping dissolve kidney stones. Herbalists use the tea for a range of urinary problems.
Description: A red-stemmed perennial with tiny white flowers, growing mainly on walls, to about 20–30cm high. Forms dense patches locally.
Habitat: Walls, stony places, hedgebanks and gardens.
Distribution: Widespread in England and Wales, less common in Scotland and Ireland. Native to Europe and north Africa, introduced to North America and Australia.
Related species: Stinging nettles, and mind-your-own-business (Soleirolia soleirolii).
Parts used: Above-ground parts.