Herb: False Toadflax

Latin name: Geocaulon lividum

Family: Santalaceae (Sandalwood Family)

Medicinal use of False Toadflax:

A decoction of the chewed leaves and bark has been used as a purgative. A poultice of the chewed leaves and bark has been applied to wounds.

Description of the plant:


4 cm
(1.6 inch)

Habitat of the herb:

Moss or damp humus.

Edible parts of False Toadflax:

Fruit. No more details are given.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in spring in a greenhouse. The plant might be a root parasite, further research is required. 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.

Cultivation of False Toadflax:

Moss or damp humus.

Known hazards of Geocaulon lividum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.