Herb latin name: Eminium spiculatum

Family: Araceae (Arum Family)

Edible parts of Eminium spiculatum:

Root - cooked. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Description of the plant:


25 cm
(9 3/4 inch)

May to

Habitat of the herb:

Dry rocky places.

Propagation of Eminium spiculatum:

Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe, though the seed can also be sown in early spring. Prick out the young seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting out in late summer when the plants are dormant. Division in late summer when the plants are dormant.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry rocky places.

Medicinal use of Eminium spiculatum:

None known

Known hazards of Eminium spiculatum:

Many plants in this family are poisonous raw, due to the presence of calcium oxylate crystals. If eaten raw, this toxin gives you a sensation as if hundreds of tiny needles are sticking into the mouth, tongue etc. However, it is easily destroyed by thoroughly cooking or drying the plant. Although no specific mention has been seen for this plant it is wise to assume that it is poisonous in its raw state.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.