Herb: Italian Buckthorn

Latin name: Rhamnus alaternus

Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)

Description of the plant:


5 m
(16 feet)


Habitat of Italian Buckthorn:

Dry places in scrub and maquis, especially on limestone.

Other uses of the herb:

Plants can be used as a screen or a hedge.

Propagation of Italian Buckthorn:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will require 1 - 2 months stratification at 5C and should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame. Layering in early spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry places in scrub and maquis, especially on limestone.

Medicinal use of Italian Buckthorn:

None known

Known hazards of Rhamnus alaternus:

Although no specific mention of toxicity has been found for this species, there is the suggestion that some members of this genus could be mildly poisonous.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.