Herbs & Plants

Herniaria glabra

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Botanical Name : Herniaria glabra
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Herniaria
Species: H. glabra
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Caryophyllales

Common Name :Smooth Rupturewort,Green Carpet,

Habitat :  Herniaria glabra is native to Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa and temperate Asia.
It grows on dry sandy areas in south Devon and eastern England.


Herniaria glabra is a binnial/perennial plant. It  is not frost tender. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen in August.
Herniaria glabra is known as Green Carpet in the landscaping business, because of its ability to spread and cover. One plant can easily spread out to 2 feet. Because Herniaria has a tap root, it is extremely drought tolerant.

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Many people never notice it flowering because the white blossoms are so tiny and have no petals. But the foliage remains attractive, turning a bronzy red in winter. It’s great in heavy foot traffic areas because without flowers, it doesn’t attract bees.

•Height: Low ground level mat.
•Spread: 24″
•USDA Zones: 6 – 9
•Initial Spacing: 6″
•Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
•Flower Color: White
•Foot Traffic: Almost as rugged as a grass.
•Drought Tolerant: Yes
•Deer Resistant: No
•Scented: No

Grows well in hot dry soils. Dislikes excessive moisture. Succeeds in very poor soils. Useful for covering rocks or as a carpet bedding, it makes a good ground cover for spring bulbs since they can grow through it easily. The leaves emit a musky smell when they are handled.

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Medicinal Uses:

The whole plant, gathered when in flower, is astringent, very actively diuretic and expectorant. It appears to have an antispasmodic effect upon the bladder and is used in the treatment of dropsy, catarrh of the bladder, cystitis and kidney stones. It has also gained a reputation for treating hernias. Externally, it has been used as a poultice to speed the healing of ulcers. The whole plant appears to have an antispasmodic effect on the bladder.
It has also gained a reputation for treating hernias. Externally, it has been used as a poultice to speed the healing of ulcers.

Other Uses: .….Cleanser…..A good ground cover plant, allowing spring bulbs to grow through it. An aqueous extract of the plant is a hand cleanser, making the skin soft and supple

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.


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