Knotweed is an annual plant with slightly raised and lowered to the ground branched stems to 60 cm long, it has the entire root system is located vertically with weak sprouts, blue-green leaves, sometimes grayish color. In pockets of leaves from early summer until the autumn contains flowers, pink color, it is the fruits of nuts, dark brown in color, begin to appear in July and October.
Not bad grows on sandy land as along the roads and in the pastures, stadiums, it is very hardy, even after trampling, quickly rejuvenated. Is an excellent components for landscaping. Knotweed, or rather its green part is very nutritious, contains protein, and two and a half per cent sugar, iron, vitamin C, carotene, vitamin K, coumarins, saponins, organic elements, and more. And she is very delicate taste, so she loves to eat geese and cattle. The people knotweed is called Gusyatnikov.
In the autumn the seeds are willing to eat the bird. It is also proved that he has a hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, lowers blood pressure, helps to speed up the tightening of scratches and wounds, increases susceptibility to disease. For the blank as a drug used upper part of knotweed that grows on the ground, collect it in dry weather, when flowers. It is not advisable to disrupt knotweed where cattle graze on contaminated sites. Stored with a dried form can be 3 years. Even herbs are added to salads, soups, dried and used as a seasoning for the first and second dishes, for sauces.