Herb: Squinancy Wort

Latin name: Asperula cynanchica

Family: Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Medicinal use of Squinancy Wort:

The plant was at one time esteemed as a remedy for quinsy, but it is no longer used in herbal medicine.

Description of the plant:


40 cm
(1 foot)

to July

Habitat of the herb:

Dry calcareous pastures and calcareous dunes.

Other uses of Squinancy Wort:

A red dye is obtained from the root.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring to early summer in a light position in a cold frame. 2 weeks pre-chilling improves the germination rate. The seed usually germinates in 1 month at 10C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or early summer. Basal cuttings of soft young shoots in early summer.

Cultivation of Squinancy Wort:

Dry calcareous pastures and calcareous dunes.

Known hazards of Asperula cynanchica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.