Herb: Hair-Cap Moss
Latin name: Polytrichum juniperinum
Medicinal use of Hair-Cap Moss:The whole herb is powerfully diuretic. An infusion is an excellent remedy in dropsy, especially when used with hydrogogue cathartics. It is also very useful in the treatment of urinary obstructions, gravel etc, causing no nausea and suitable for long-term use.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry acidic soils on heaths, rocks and walls.
Propagation of Hair-Cap Moss:Spores - best sown as soon as they are ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and keep humid until they are well established. Do not plant outside until the plants are at least 2 years old and then only in a very well sheltered position.
Cultivation of the herb:Dry acidic soils on heaths, rocks and walls.
Known hazards of Polytrichum juniperinum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.