Shepherd's Purse is mostly an annual and classified as a weed by many, we use it as a treatment for varicose veins.
We have noticed that Shepherd's Purse produces a marked drop in blood pressure and although we do not care for the taste much, I have been reliably informed by a friend from Northern China that, as a vegetable, (especially as filling for dumplings), it tastes wonderful.
Tiny herb really, and takes up no space at all in the garden.
Shepherd's Purse is easy to grow and harvest, with no preference for sun or shade but does prefer winter outdoors.
Be careful not to plant too much at once.
50 fresh seeds $3.50
Degree of difficulty in germination.....1/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal