This hairy little plant with 5 pointy petals is native to the Mediterranean region and is both edible and medicinal
Flowers and young leaves of this plant have been added to salads and soups since ancient times. Modern analysis finds the seed oil to contain GLA, an anti-inflammatory. The plant is also used to treat rashes and a variety of other ailments (see the learning links for details).
This WHITE little plant completely lacks chlorophyll and is often mistaken for a fungus or mushroom. In truth, it is a parasite of fungi that feed on tree roots, and is often found in the shade beneath beech or maple trees.