Herb latin name: Helichrysum stoechas

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Helichrysum stoechas:

The stem tops and the flowers are deobstruent and expectorant. They have been used in the treatment of colds but their use is now considered to be obsolete. The flowers have been used as diaphoretics and discutients.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

July to


Habitat of the herb:

Dry banks, rocks and sands.

Propagation of Helichrysum stoechas:

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. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5cm with a heel, June/July in a frame. Roots in 4 weeks. Good percentage.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry banks, rocks and sands.

Known hazards of Helichrysum stoechas:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.