Herb latin name: Echinops latifolius


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Echinops latifolius:

The root is anti-inflammatory and galactogogue. It is used in the treatment of breast abscesses with inflammation, mastitis, lack of milk in nursing mothers and distension of the breast.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
50 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
July to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Grassland and open forests at elevations of 100 - 2200 metres.

Propagation of Echinops latifolius:

Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 9 weeks at 25C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. The seed can also be sown in an outdoor seedbed in mid spring and is then planted out into its permanent position in late summer or the autumn. Division in autumn. Root cuttings in the winter.

Cultivation of the herb:

Grassland and open forests at elevations of 100 - 2200 metres.

Known hazards of Echinops latifolius:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.