Shepherd’s Purse

Dried shepherds purse wild herbs - Getrocknetes Hirtentäschelkraut Wildkräuter
Categories: Medicinal Plant
Shepherd’s Purse (Wiktionary)



Alluding to the shape of its seed vessel. Compare mediaeval Latin bursa pastoris, French bourse-à-berger, German Hirtentasche.


shepherd's purse (uncountable)

  1. An edible weed, Capsella bursa-pastoris, family Brassicaceae, native to Europe but now found world-wide.
    Synonym: shepherd's pouch
    • 1612, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion song 13 p. 218[1]:
      To him that hath a flux, of Sheepheards purse he gives


Further reading

  • shepherd's purse on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Capsella bursa-pastoris on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
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