Herb: Rock Jasmine

Latin name: Androsace sarmentosa

Family: Primulaceae (Primrose Family)

Medicinal use of Rock Jasmine:

The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, it is said to have a bitter taste and a cooling and coarsening potency. A resolutive, it dries up serous fluids. It is used in the treatment of disorders from tumours, inflammations of fluids and other serous fluid disorders.

Description of the plant:


10 cm
(4 inches)

July to

Habitat of the herb:

Mixed forests and grassy slopes at elevations of 2800 - 4000 metres.

Other uses of Rock Jasmine:

Can be used as a low-growing ground cover.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - requires a period of cold stratification. Where possible, the seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame - all watering should be from the bottom of the pot. The seed can take 2 years to germinate, prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow on in a partially shaded cold frame. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division of runners in early summer. Pot them up into a sandy compost and grow them on until they are well-rooted before planting them into their permanent positions.

Cultivation of Rock Jasmine:

Mixed forests and grassy slopes at elevations of 2800 - 4000 metres.

Known hazards of Androsace sarmentosa:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.