Herb: Dwarf Kaffirboom


Latin name: Erythrina humeana


Family: Leguminosae



Medicinal use of Dwarf Kaffirboom:

The plant is narcotic and purgative.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
4 m
(13 feet)

Flovering:
July to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Bushland and thickets.

Propagation of Dwarf Kaffirboom:

Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Overwinter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Heeled cuttings of young growth in the spring in a frame. Overwinter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Bushland and thickets.

Known hazards of Erythrina humeana:

The plant contains alkaloids that have powerful narcotic and purgative effects.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.