Stet/aria: Leafy stems frequently branched; leaves oval
(egg-shaped) or linear; flowers white in clusters or borne in angle
between leaf and stem. S. media: Stems 5-45 cm long; leaves
opposite, oval, smooth and pointed; flowers small, white, star
shaped, borne in stem leaf angle. Flowers may not open when overcast
Stet/aria: Distributed throughout North America in moist,
shady, low elevations in waste or cultivated ground.
Nearly entire year.
Young stems and leaves.
Eaten raw or cooked. The tender, juicy stems are good in salads or
in cooked vegetable dishes. When boiled like spinach, the flavor is
quite mild, and the addition of some shepherd's purse, winter- cress
or other flavor rich herb enhances the flavor. Plant also used for
both hot and cold drinks.