I have Herb Robert growing madly in my garden at the moment, I am adding this post now to let anyone know who is interested, I have some to spare (it pulls up easily), if you are coming along to the next GV in my garden, bring a bag along and take some home to plant.
Herb Robert has quite a strong distinctive odor, some may find it unpleasant, and Herb Robert acts as an insect deterrent making it a very good companion plant for growing in your vegetable and flower gardens. Plants seem to benefit growing alongside it. The fresh leaves can be rubbed on your skin to deter mosquitoes and midges. Herb Robert can also be placed in your pets beds to deter fleas. The health benefits of Herb Robert are many - astringent, antibiotic, adaptogen, antiviral, styptic, tonic, diuretic, digestive, sedative, antioxidant, I have included a piece from Isabel Shipard book, more info on the Benefits of Herb Robert can be seen at -
Herb robert is a supreme, therapeutic herb. Although, very little information is available, on the constituents, this herb’s action is one of the most outstanding herbs that we can use regularly, as an enhancer of the immune system. Research has revealed herb robert is a source of germanium, a valuable element to the body, as it has the ability to make oxygen available to the cells. More oxygen, at cell level, means the body has the opportunity to fight disease by its own powers, and healing can take place quickly. Lack of oxygen, available to the cells, can be caused by free radicals and a toxic state around the cells: meaning the cells cannot get the required oxygen, or the nutrients, to regenerate. The area becomes anaerobic, the beginning of pain, disease, wayward cells and cancer. Dr. Otto Warburg, twice Nobel Prize winner, said in 1966, "The prime cause of cancer is lack of oxygenation of the cells". He discovered that riotous, wayward cancer cells could not exist in the presence of abundant oxygen, but only in and anaerobic state. Because oxygen plays such an important role in cell health and immune function, using herb robert regularly, can be something really practical we can do, for overall wellbeing. Germanium not only works as an oxygen carrier and catalyst, but also stimulates electrical impulses, at a cellular level, which has a beneficial ripple effect, throughout the whole body. Germanium’s remarkable effects on the immune system have been documented in medical journals: as an energy giver, immune builder, and as a powerful therapeutic and preventative, as a vigorous adaptogen, acting to alleviate minor or major health imbalances. Germanium provides an antibiotic, antiviral, antioxidant arsenal; and, I believe this is what we experience, when we make herb robert part of our daily lives.
Is Herb Robert a tricky character to grow? Needs shade and lots of water - or something like that. I grew a plant once but it died rapidly so I am none the wiser. I'd heard it was a short-lived annual too. Would like to know more about growing it.
This plant (it was one of Isobel's favourites) has grown in rather dry areas in my shady backyard, and the idea is to eat a couple of leaves as you walk past it and it is quite beneficial for your health. I was doing that for a while, and then we changed our garden to wicking beds and unfortunately covered the area where the plants were growing. It was coming up each year as a seedling prior to that. Don't know if it had any health benefits, but quite a few people have had good results with it, even animals.
Mine stays around year after year. The area where it is rather thick is pebbled so is pretty dry, but at the same time the seeds get into my pot plants sometimes and the soil in there may be pretty rich. Regards to aspect, I have mine in shade, semi-shade and sun, so you can see it is pretty hardy. I would regard it as easy to grow.
As I have an operation next week, I am going to start eating a leaf everyday from now on. Have to practice what I preach.
Must remember to grab some of this - sounds like a good one to have around the house
I've tried growing this before without success. I'll get some from you thanks Dianne and plant it in the raised beds where it might have a better chance and be more useful as an insect deterrent.