Herb latin name: Anemone obtusiloba


Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



Medicinal use of Anemone obtusiloba:

The roots, mixed with milk, are administered internally in the treatment of contusions. They are used externally as a blistering agent. The juice of the root is opthalmic. The seeds taken internally induce vomiting, whilst an oil extracted from them is used in the treatment of rheumatism.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
June

Habitat of the herb:

Moist open slopes, 2000 - 3400 metres in Kashmir.

Propagation of Anemone obtusiloba:

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer. Surface sow or only just cover the seed and keep the soil moist. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in late winter or early spring. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 6 months at 15C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first year. When the plants are large enough, plant them out in the spring. Division in late summer after the plant dies down, or in early spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Moist open slopes, 2000 - 3400 metres in Kashmir.

Known hazards of Anemone obtusiloba:

The plant yields a toxic substance called 'Anemonin'. The toxic principle is destroyed by heat or by drying.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.