Herb latin name: Delphinium denudatum

Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Medicinal use of Delphinium denudatum:

The roots are alterative, bitter, stimulant and tonic. A paste of the rot is used in the treatment of toothache, and also as an adulterant for aconite (from Aconitum spp.).

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

July to

Habitat of the herb:

Dry scrubby slopes and forest clearings, 1700 - 2300 metres.

Other uses of Delphinium denudatum:

A parasiticide is obtained from the leaves. It is quite toxic and so is for external use only.

Propagation of the herb:

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 Delphinium denudatum:

Dry scrubby slopes and forest clearings, 1700 - 2300 metres.

Known hazards of Delphinium denudatum:

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.