Bastard Toad Flax
Herb: Bastard Toad Flax
Latin name: Comandra umbellata
Family: Santalaceae (Sandalwood Family)
Medicinal use of Bastard Toad Flax:An infusion of the leaves has been used to treat lung pains and laboured breathing caused by a cold or other illness. The juice of the plant has been applied externally to treat cuts and sores.
Description of the plant:
(11 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Dry to moist sandy well-drained soils, especially those that are acid, from sea level to the sub-alpine zone.
Edible parts of Bastard Toad Flax:Fruit - raw. A sweet flavour. The flowers are sucked by children for their sweet nectar.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - stratify for 3 months at 5°C and then sow in the greenhouse in a pot with a suitable host. Plant out when it is well established close to a mature host plant.
Cultivation of Bastard Toad Flax:Dry to moist sandy well-drained soils, especially those that are acid, from sea level to the sub-alpine zone.
Known hazards of Comandra umbellata:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.