Herb latin name: Crambe cordifolia

Family: Cruciferae

Medicinal use of Crambe cordifolia:

The plant is used as a cure for itch.

Description of the plant:


2 m
(6 1/2 foot)



Habitat of the herb:

Grows on the steppes and open stony places.

Edible parts of Crambe cordifolia:

Leaves - cooked. Used as a potherb. Young leaves have a pleasant cabbage-like flavour, though older leaves are rather tough. Root - cooked.

Other uses of the herb:

Plants can be used for ground cover when planted about 1.2 metres apart each way. They form large clumps.

Propagation of Crambe cordifolia:

Seed - sow March/April in a seedbed outdoors and either thin the plants out or move them to their permanent positions when about 10cm tall. The young plants are very attractive to slugs so some protection will often be needed. Germination can be slow so it is best to sow the seed in pots in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place in 3 - 26 weeks at 15C. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out into their permanent positions when they are at least 10cm tall. Division in spring or autumn. Dig up the root clump and cut off as many sections as you require, making sure they all have at least one growing point. The larger of these divisions can be planted out straight into their permanent positions, though small ones are best potted up and grown on in a cold frame until they are established. Root cuttings, 3 - 10 cm long, in spring. These can be planted straight into the open ground or you can pot them up in the greenhouse and plant them out once they are growing strongly.

Cultivation of the herb:

Grows on the steppes and open stony places.

Known hazards of Crambe cordifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.