Herb: Wild Quinine


Latin name: Parthenium integrifolium


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Wild Quinine:

A poultice made from the fresh leaves is applied to burns. The root is used in the treatment of inflammation of the urinary passages and kidneys, amenorrhoea and as a lithontripic. The flowering tops are used as a substitute for quinine in the treatment of intermittent fevers. One study suggests that use of the plant might stimulate the immune system.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Prairies, rock outcrops and roadsides in arid and semi-arid environments.

Propagation of Wild Quinine:

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in 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 at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Prairies, rock outcrops and roadsides in arid and semi-arid environments.

Known hazards of Parthenium integrifolium:

The plant can cause dermatitis or allergies in sensitive people.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.