Herb latin name: Fritillaria roylei
Family: Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Medicinal use of Fritillaria roylei:The bulb is antiasthmatic, antirheumatic, febrifuge, galactogogue, haemostatic, ophthalmic and oxytocic. It is boiled with orange peel and used in the treatment of TB and asthma.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Alpine slopes and in shrubberies, 2700 - 4000 metres, from Pakistan to Uttar Pradesh.
Propagation of Fritillaria roylei:Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame, it should germinate in the spring. Protect from frost. Stored seed should be sown as soon as possible and can take a year or more to germinate. Sow the seed quite thinly to avoid the need to prick out the seedlings. Once they have germinated, give them an occasional liquid feed to ensure that they do not suffer mineral deficiency. Once they die down at the end of their second growing season, divide up the small bulbs, planting 2 - 3 to an 8cm deep pot. Grow them on for at least another year in light shade in the greenhouse before planting them out whilst dormant. Division of offsets in August. The larger bulbs can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on in a cold frame for a year before planting them out in the autumn. Bulb scales.
Cultivation of the herb:Alpine slopes and in shrubberies, 2700 - 4000 metres, from Pakistan to Uttar Pradesh.
Known hazards of Fritillaria roylei:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.