Herb: Mitrewort

Latin name: Mitella diphylla

Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Medicinal use of Mitrewort:

An infusion of the leaves is used to treat fevers. The infusion can also be used as eye drops for sore eyes.

Description of the plant:


40 cm
(1 foot)

May to

Habitat of the herb:

Rich woodlands, meadows and swamps.

Other uses of Mitrewort:

A good ground cover in moist woodland. Plants form a carpet and should be spaced about 45cm apart each way.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing it as soon as it is ripe or in 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 their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cultivation of Mitrewort:

Rich woodlands, meadows and swamps.

Known hazards of Mitella diphylla:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.