Herb latin name: Eryngium creticum

Family: Umbelliferae

Medicinal use of Eryngium creticum:

Antidote - used in the treatment of snakebite.

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Fields and rocky places, usually in dry soils.

Edible parts of Eryngium creticum:

Young basal leaves - cooked.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early autumn on the surface of a well-drained compost in a cold frame. The seed can also be sown in spring. It usually germinates in 5 - 90 days at 20C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in early spring or autumn. Take care since the plant resents root disturbance. Root cuttings in autumn or winter.

Cultivation of Eryngium creticum:

Fields and rocky places, usually in dry soils.

Known hazards of Eryngium creticum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.