Herb latin name: Senecio scandens


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Senecio scandens:

The whole plant is depurative, febrifuge and ophthalmic. Internally, a decoction is used in the treatment of epidemic influenza, malaria, boils and abscesses, acute conjunctivitis, dysentery and enteritis. The plant can also be crushed and applied externally.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Climber

Height:
5 m
(16 feet)

Flovering:
September
to October

Habitat of the herb:

Shady and damp places by roads. Forests in the Himalayas, 1800 - 3600 metres from Uttar Pradesh to Bhutan.

Propagation of Senecio scandens:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. 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. Root cuttings in early spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Shady and damp places by roads. Forests in the Himalayas, 1800 - 3600 metres from Uttar Pradesh to Bhutan.

Known hazards of Senecio scandens:

One report says that this species is slightly toxic, it belongs to a genus that contains a number of plants with a cumulative poisonous effect on the liver. Some caution is advised.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.