Herb latin name: Onosma bracteatum

Family: Boraginaceae (Borage Family)

Medicinal use of Onosma bracteatum:

The plant is alterative, demulcent, refrigerant and tonic. A decoction is used in the treatment of rheumatism, syphilis and leprosy. The plant is considered to be useful in relieving excessive thirst and restlessness in febrile excitement, and also to be useful in relieving functional palpitation of the heart, irritation of the bladder and stomach, and strangury.

Description of the plant:


40 cm
(1 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Rocky slopes in dry areas, 3300 - 5000 metres.

Other uses of Onosma bracteatum:

A report says that the plant is used in technology, but it gives no more information. It is quite likely that this refers to the use of the root as a source of a red dye.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in early summer. Cuttings in a frame in the summer. Shade them for the first 10 - 12 days.

Cultivation of Onosma bracteatum:

Rocky slopes in dry areas, 3300 - 5000 metres.

Known hazards of Onosma bracteatum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.