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Vetriola, Parietaria officinalis

Family of urticaceae

This small plant grows on old walls and that is the reason for the Latin name "parietaria".

It is used to make infusions and because of its diuretic properties, it was believed it could destroy renal calculi and bladder-stones. Its leaves and stems can be used to cook minestrone giving it an intense green colour.

Picture and text of Tebaldo Lorini
Translated by Gianna Toni

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