Herb latin name: Delphinium brunonianum

Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Description of the plant:


45 cm
(1 foot)

to July


Habitat of Delphinium brunonianum:

Stony slopes and screes in drier areas, to elevations of 5500 metres.

Other uses of the herb:

A parasiticide is obtained from the leaves. It is quite toxic and so is for external use only. In the Himalayas it is only used to destroy ticks on animals. The seed contains 30% of an oil that has industrial uses. The seed is very small, however, and it would require a large area of plants to obtain reasonable yields.

Propagation of Delphinium brunonianum:

Seed - sow March/April in a cold frame or May outdoors. Keep moist and in a shady position until germination takes place. The seed has a limited viability so it should be stored in a sealed container at about 3C. Temperatures above 15C inhibit germination. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 9 weeks at 15C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Cuttings of basal shoots in April/May, taken before they become hollow at the base, and planted in a cold frame. Division in spring or early autumn.

Cultivation of the herb:

Stony slopes and screes in drier areas, to elevations of 5500 metres.

Medicinal use of Delphinium brunonianum:

None known

Known hazards of Delphinium brunonianum:

All parts of the plant are toxic. The plant is most toxic when it is young.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.