Flea Bain

Asked December 5, 2015, 2:35 AM EST

Is this edible

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1 Response

Fleabane is listed as native plant that may be used for medicinal purposes and to repel fleas, but I would not consider it edible in terms of being palatable.

There are well over 100 species listed. Many publications will say something relating to: “The leaves when bruised have a somewhat soap-like smell. The sap that lies in the tissues is bitter, astringent and saltish, so that animals will not eat the plant, and this astringent character, to which no doubt the medicinal properties are to be ascribed, is imparted to decoctions and infusions of the dried herb.”