Herb: Bitter Bark


Latin name: Pinckneya pubens


Family: Rubiaceae (Madder Family)



Medicinal use of Bitter Bark:

The bark is antiperiodic and tonic. It has been used in the treatment of intermittent fevers such as malaria.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
6 m
(20 feet)

Flovering:
May

Habitat of the herb:

Sandy soils by streams or in swamps on the coastal plain.

Other uses of Bitter Bark:

Wood - close-grained, soft, weak.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed 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 at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of mature wood of the current years growth in the autumn. Keep cool but frost-free over the winter.

Cultivation of Bitter Bark:

Sandy soils by streams or in swamps on the coastal plain.

Known hazards of Pinckneya pubens:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.