Latin name: Ipomoea jalapa
Synonyms: Ipomoea purga
Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory Family)
Medicinal use of Jalap:The tuber is a resinous acrid herb with an unpleasant taste that is often used as a purgative. It is taken internally in the treatment of constipation, colic and intestinal parasites. The root is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use.
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Woodland on the eastern slopes of the Mexican Andes.
Propagation of Jalap:Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Woodland on the eastern slopes of the Mexican Andes.
Known hazards of Ipomoea jalapa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.