Herb: Everlasting Flower


Latin name: Helichrysum arenarium


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Everlasting Flower:

The fresh or dried flowers, or the entire flowering herb, are cholagogue, diuretic, skin and stomachic. An infusion is used in the treatment of gall bladder disorders and as a diuretic in treating rheumatism, cystitis etc. A homeopathic remedy is made from the flowering plant. It is used in the treatment of gall bladder disorders and lumbago.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
August

Habitat of the herb:

Dry sandy places, heaths, dunes, pine forests etc.

Propagation of Everlasting Flower:

Seed - sow February/March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 3 weeks at 20C. 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 the herb:

Dry sandy places, heaths, dunes, pine forests etc.

Known hazards of Helichrysum arenarium:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.