Herb latin name: Clematis orientalis
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Medicinal use of Clematis orientalis:The plant is antiseptic and refrigerant. It is used as a gargle for ulcerated throats and also to treat dog bites.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Hot dry valleys, especially on rocks by rivers, and in scrub to 3000 metres. River banks, riparian forests, scrub gullies, slopes and sand depressions in semi-desert and desert zones.
Other uses of Clematis orientalis:Plants can be used as ground cover. They grow rapidly to give a tangled mass of growth in sun or moderate shade.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Sow stored seed as soon as it is obtained in a cold frame. Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and remove as much of the tail and outer coat as possible. A period of cold stratification is beneficial. The seed germinates in 1 - 9 months or more at 20°C. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Internodal cuttings of soft to semi-ripe wood, late spring in sandy soil in a frame. Layering of old stems in late winter or early spring. Layering of current seasons growth in early summer.
Cultivation of Clematis orientalis:Hot dry valleys, especially on rocks by rivers, and in scrub to 3000 metres. River banks, riparian forests, scrub gullies, slopes and sand depressions in semi-desert and desert zones.
Known hazards of Clematis orientalis:Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, some if not all members of this genus are mildly poisonous. The toxic principle is dissipated by heat or by drying.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.