Herb latin name: Buxus wallichiana

Family: Buxaceae (Box Family)

Medicinal use of Buxus wallichiana:

The wood is diaphoretic. The leaves are bitter, diaphoretic and purgative. They have proved useful in the treatment of rheumatism and syphilis. The bark is febrifuge.

Description of the plant:


2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

to May


Habitat of the herb:

Steep shady rocky ravines, often gregarious, 1800 - 2700 metres.

Other uses of Buxus wallichiana:

Plants can be grown as a hedge, they are very tolerant of pruning but are slow growing. Wood - hard, fine grained, durable. Used for engraving, fine carving, mathematical instruments etc. It is at least equal in quality to B. sempervirens.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - stratification is not necessary but can lead to more regular germination. The seed is best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible in a cold frame. It usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15C but stored seed can take longer. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of short side shoots with a heel, September in a frame. Difficult. Nodal cuttings in spring in a frame. Difficult.

Cultivation of Buxus wallichiana:

Steep shady rocky ravines, often gregarious, 1800 - 2700 metres.

Known hazards of Buxus wallichiana:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.