Herb: Ground Pine


Latin name: Ajuga chamaepitys


Family: Labiatae



Medicinal use of Ground Pine:

The leaves are diuretic, stimulant and emmenagogue. The plant acts mainly on the urinary system and uterus. It once had a high reputation in the treatment of rheumatism, dropsy, jaundice etc and has also proved of worth when used in conjunction with other herbs in the treatment of women's complaints. The leaves are harvested in the summer and can be dried for later use.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
15 cm
(6 inches)

Flovering:
May to
September


Scent:
Scented
Annual

Habitat of the herb:

Very local in sandy and chalky arable fields and in open habitats in chalky grassland in southeastern England.

Propagation of Ground Pine:

Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination can be erratic.

Cultivation of the herb:

Very local in sandy and chalky arable fields and in open habitats in chalky grassland in southeastern England.

Known hazards of Ajuga chamaepitys:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.