Herb: Skeleton Plant

Latin name: Lygodesmia grandiflora

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Skeleton Plant:

The leaves are chewed to increase the milk flow of lactating mothers. The plant sap has been used as a healing salve on the sores caused by sunburn.

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Open dry places in valleys and foothills.

Edible parts of Skeleton Plant:

Leaves - cooked. Used as greens and as a flavouring.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. 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 can be tried in the spring.

Cultivation of Skeleton Plant:

Open dry places in valleys and foothills.

Known hazards of Lygodesmia grandiflora:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.