Herbs & Plants

Heracleum lallii

Botanical Name: Heracleum lallii
Family: Apiaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Apiales
Genus: Heracleum

Habitat: Heracleum lallii is native to E. Asia – Himalayas in central and western Nepal. It grows on open slopes, pastures and meadows, also in open shrubby areas, in the lower subalpine to lower alpine zones.

Heracleum lallii is a binnial/perennial herb . The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


Cultivationm & Propagation: Succeeds in any ordinary garden soil, doing best in moist soils or deep woodland. Sow the seeds in mid to late spring or early autumn in situ. Division in autumn. Practical Plants is currently lacking information on propagation instructions of Heracleum lallii. Help us fill in the blanks! Edit this page to add your knowledge.

Medicinal Uses:
The root is used in Tibetan medicine, where it is considered to have a bitter and acrid taste with a neutral potency. Analgesic, anthelmintic and anti-inflammatory, it is used in the treatment of contagious diseases, swelling/pain in the joints and arthritis. It is also used in the treatment of all types of pain, toothache and the inability to micturate or defecate.

Known Hazards: Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, many members of this genus contain furanocoumarins. These have carcinogenic, mutagenic and phototoxic properties. Skin contact with the sap of some members of this genus is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people.

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


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