Herb: Redoul

Latin name: Coriaria myrtifolia

Family: Coriariaceae

Description of the plant:


180 cm
(6 feet)

July to

Habitat of Redoul:

Dry woods, hedges and rocky places.

Other uses of the herb:

A black dye and an ink is obtained from the leaves. The bark can also be used, both the bark and the leaves are rich in tannin. A fly poison is made from the crushed fruits.

Propagation of Redoul:

Seed - sow February/March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair percentage.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry woods, hedges and rocky places.

Medicinal use of Redoul:

None known

Known hazards of Coriaria myrtifolia:

This plant is very poisonous, the poison having the same effect as alcoholic intoxication..

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.