Herb: Pingue Hymenoxys

Latin name: Hymenoxys richardsonii

Synonyms: Actinea richardsonii, Hymenoxis richardsonii

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Pingue Hymenoxys:

An infusion of the roots has been used in the treatment of stomach aches. A poultice of the chewed root has been applied as a dressing on sores and rashes.

Description of the plant:


20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)

Habitat of the herb:

Dry, open often rocky hillsides and plains.

Edible parts of Pingue Hymenoxys:

A latex obtained from the root is used as a chewing gum. The skin of the root is used, the gum is obtained by pounding the roots.

Other uses of the herb:

The latex obtained from the root is a potential commercial source of rubber. A yellow dye is obtained from the flowers.

Propagation of Pingue Hymenoxys:

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in late winter or early spring in a greenhouse. 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. Division.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry, open often rocky hillsides and plains.

Known hazards of Hymenoxys richardsonii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.