Prostrate, hairy annual growing to 4 in (10 cm). Has small wedge-shaped leaves and tiny green flowers in tufts.
Habitat & Cultivation
Parsley piert is native to Europe, North Africa, and North America. It grows to an altitude of 1,600 ft (500 m), thriving in dry sites, including the top of walls. The herb is harvested when in flower in summer.
Parsley piert contains tannins.
Medicinal Actions & Uses
Astringent, diuretic, and demulcent, parsley piert is used to treat kidney and bladder problems, especially kidney stones. It is also frequently used in the treatment of bladder stones (gravel), which cause pain and irritation and obstruct urine flow. Best taken in an infusion, the herb is also a useful remedy for cystitis and recurrent urinary infections.