Herbs & Plants

Helianthemum canadense

Botanical Name: Helianthemum canadense
Family: Cistaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Malvales
Genus: Helianthemum

Common Names : Frostweed, Longbranch frostweed

Habitat: Helianthemum canadense is native to eastern N. America – Maine to Ontario and Wisconsin, south to North Carolina and Mississippi. It grows in open woods, clearings and barrens in dry sandy soils

Helianthemum canadense is a flowering perennial plant. It is 8–24 inches (200–610 mm) in height that blooms from May to June for a single day. Each stem normally has a single flower, but rarely can have two. The flower is yellow in color, with five petals and is between 3/4 and 1 1/4 inches across. The leaves are covered in hairs and alternate in pattern. The stems are also covered in hairs and are brown or green in color. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects, cleistogamy.


Cultivation: Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. Requires a light well-drained soil in a sunny open position. It tolerates a pH range from 5.5 to 8

Propagation: Through seeds.

Medicinal Uses:
The dried leaves are alterative, antiscrofulatic, astringent and tonic. A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of kidney ailments and sore throats. A strong leaf tea has been used in the treatment of scrofula. It is applied externally to skin diseases and eye infections. It is said that an oil helpful in the treatment of cancer has been obtained from the plant. Some caution is advised since an overdose can cause nausea and vomiting.

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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