Herb: Lopseed


Latin name: Phryma leptostachya


Family: Phrymaceae (Lopseed Family)



Medicinal use of Lopseed:

A tea made from the roots was gargled as a treatment for sore throats and was drunk in the treatment of rheumatism, fevers etc. It is also depurative. A poultice made from the roots is applied to sores, boils, carbuncles and cancers.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
40 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
July to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Woods and thickets. Woods in hills and at low elevations in mountains all over Japan.

Other uses of Lopseed:

The plant is considered to be insecticidal. No more details were given.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in late winter in a cold 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. Division in spring might also be possible.

Cultivation of Lopseed:

Woods and thickets. Woods in hills and at low elevations in mountains all over Japan.

Known hazards of Phryma leptostachya:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.