Herb: Ague Weed
Latin name: Gentianella quinquefolia
Synonyms: Gentiana quinqueflora, Gentiana quinquefolia
Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
Medicinal use of Ague Weed:The root is cathartic, febrifuge, haemostatic, stimulant and stomachic. A tea or tincture of the root is a bitter tonic, used to stimulate the digestion and a poor appetite. An infusion has also been used to treat diarrhoea, sore chest, worms and haemorrhages. A homeopathic remedy is made from the root. It is used in the treatment of intermittent fevers and as a stomachic and tonic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Rich woods and moist fields.
Propagation of Ague Weed:Seed - must be sown in situ as soon as it is ripe in the autumn.
Cultivation of the herb:Rich woods and moist fields.
Known hazards of Gentianella quinquefolia:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.