Herb: Christmas Bush
Latin name: Bursaria spinosa
Medicinal use of Christmas Bush:Skin. The leaves contain the coumarin "aesculin" - this is used in the treatment of lupus by irradiation and as a screen from ultra-violet light in suntan lotions.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Forests and open places, but avoiding arid areas, in loamy soils, stony hills and on riverbanks, probably at its best near the coast.
Other uses of Christmas Bush:Leaves contain the coumarin "aesculin" which is used in the treatment of lupus by irradiation and as an ultraviolet radiation screen in suntan lotions. Plants can be grown as a hedge in mild climates. Wood - tough, hard, close grained, easily worked. Used for tool handles, cabinet making etc.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. It does not require pre-treatment. When large enough to handle, prick the plants out into individual pots. Grow on the young plants for at least the first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Consider giving the plants some protection from winter cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. They require a little bottom heat if they are to root well.
Cultivation of Christmas Bush:Forests and open places, but avoiding arid areas, in loamy soils, stony hills and on riverbanks, probably at its best near the coast.
Known hazards of Bursaria spinosa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.