Herb: Spiny Cocklebur


Latin name: Xanthium spinosum


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Spiny Cocklebur:

The whole plant is an active styptic for both local and general application. It is said to be a valuable and sure specific in the treatment of hydrophobia. The plant is also diaphoretic, diuretic and sedative. An infusion of the root has been used as an emetic.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
50 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
July to
October

Habitat of the herb:

Naturalized in waste ground in N. America.

Propagation of Spiny Cocklebur:

Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed requires plenty of moisture in order to germinate.

Cultivation of the herb:

Naturalized in waste ground in N. America.

Known hazards of Xanthium spinosum:

Poisonous. Most members of this genus are toxic to grazing animals and are usually avoided by them. The seed also contains toxins.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.