Herb latin name: Erodium stephanianum
Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)
Medicinal use of Erodium stephanianum:The aerial parts of the plant are antirheumatic, antiseptic and astringent. They are used in the treatment of acute and chronic rheumatalgia, diarrhoea, dysentery and enteritis. The plant has also shown antibacterial action against Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci, Pneumococci, Shigella flexneri etc. A paste of the plant is applied externally in the treatment of gout.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry slopes, sandy river banks and as a weed of cultivation. Open placs at elevations of 2500 - 4000 metres in Nepal.
Other uses of Erodium stephanianum:A green dye can be obtained from the whole plant. It does not require a mordant.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow in situ as soon as the seed is ripe in the late summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring. It usually germinates readily.
Cultivation of Erodium stephanianum:Dry slopes, sandy river banks and as a weed of cultivation. Open placs at elevations of 2500 - 4000 metres in Nepal.
Known hazards of Erodium stephanianum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.