Latin name: Marah macrocarpus
Synonyms: Echinocystis macrocarpa
Family: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family, Gourd Family)
Medicinal use of Chilicothe:The root is purgative. The seed is made into a paste and used as a treatment on pimples and skin sores. The oil from the seed is rubbed into the scalp to treat diseased scalps and hair roots. The plant juices can be used as a parasiticide, rubbed onto areas of skin affected by ringworm.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry places below 900 metres.
Other uses of Chilicothe:A red dye is obtained from the seed. It can be mixed with iron oxide and turpentine to make a paint. The root is used to make a detergent lather.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow early spring in pots of rich soil in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 weeks at 20°C. Put 2 or 3 seeds in each pot and thin to the best plant. Grow on fast and plant out after the last expected frosts.
Cultivation of Chilicothe:Dry places below 900 metres.
Known hazards of Marah macrocarpus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.