Herb latin name: Anemone vitifolia

Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Medicinal use of Anemone vitifolia:

The fresh root is antirheumatic and vermifuge. The juice from the roots is taken internally in the treatment of dysentery. It is also applied to aching teeth to relieve the pain and to the forehead to relieve headaches. A paste made from the roots is used externally to treat scabies. The leaves are powdered and rubbed into the scalp to treat head lice.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)


Habitat of the herb:

Damp open woodland and amongst shrubs up to 3000 metres.

Other uses of Anemone vitifolia:

Woolly hairs from the achenes are used as a tinder. The root has insecticidal properties.

Propagation of the herb:

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 20C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for at least their first year in a lightly shaded place in a greenhouse. When large enough, plant them out into their permanent positions in the spring. Division in March just before active growth commences. Root cuttings.

Cultivation of Anemone vitifolia:

Damp open woodland and amongst shrubs up to 3000 metres.

Known hazards of Anemone vitifolia:

The whole plant is slightly poisonous, the toxic principle is destroyed by heat or by drying. The plant is toxic to maggots.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.