Plumbago europaea

Botanical Name : Plumbago europaea
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Genus: Plumbago
Species: P. europaea
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Caryophyllales

Synonyms : P. angustifolia.

Common Names:Plumbago,Leadwort

Habitat : Plumbago europaea is found in  S. Europe.Grows in dry rocks, hills, maritime sands, roadsides etc

Description:
Plumbago europaea is a PERENNIAL herb growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone 6. It is in flower in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

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The plant prefers light (sandy) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It cannot grow in the shade.It requires dry or moist soil.

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Cultivation:
Requires a well-drained sandy or gritty soil in full sun. One report says that the plant is not very hardy in Britain and is usually grown in a greenhouse.

Propagation:
Seed – sow 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 basal shoots as new growth emerges in the spring. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 – 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

Medicinal Uses;
Acrid;  Emetic;  Odontalgic;  Sialagogue;  Vesicant.

The whole plant, but especially the root, is acrid, emetic, odontalgic, sialagogue and vesicant. Chewing the root produces copious salivation and is said to be of benefit in treating toothache

Traditionally has been used for epilepsy and scabies.  The dried root is sometimes used as an astringent, or as a chewing-gum.  Chewing the root produces copious salivation. It has been used to treat toothache, and, in the form of a poultice or plaster, back pain and sciatica.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Plumbago+europaea
http://search.myway.com/search/GGcached.jhtml?pg=GGmain&ord=1&action=click&searchfor=Plumbago%2Beuropaea&curl=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FFile%3APlumbago_europaea.jpg&isDirResults=false&cid=RKHurtN79LwJ&st=site&ct=GC
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_LMN.htm
http://search.myway.com/search/GGcached.jhtml?pg=GGmain&ord=0&action=click&searchfor=Plumbago%2Beuropaea&curl=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FPlumbago_europaea&isDirResults=false&cid=4uzAcrk0q1MJ&st=site&ct=GC

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