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Botanical Name: Erysimum Cheirantholdes
Species: E. cheiranthoides
Synonyms: Wormseed. Treacle Wormseed.
Common Names: Wormseed Mustard, Treacle-mustard or Wormseed wallflower
Habitat : Erysimum Cheirantholdes is native to most of central and northern Europe and northern and central Asia. It is widely naturalised outside of its native range, including in western and southern Europe, and North America.
Erysimum Cheirantholdes is a herbaceous annual plant similar in appearance to many other mustards, growing an erect stem 15–100 cm (rarely 150 cm) tall. The leaves are lanceolate to elliptic, 2–11 cm long and 0.5–1 cm broad, with an entire to coarsely toothed margin.It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The flowers are bright yellow, 5–12 mm diameter, produced in an erect inflorescence. The fruit is a slender cylindrical capsule 1–3 cm (rarely 5 cm) long, containing several small, dark brown seeds…….CLICK & SEE THE PICTURES
Cultivation: Requires a well-drained soil and a sunny position. Dislikes acid soils. Tolerates poor soils.
Propagation : Seed – sow in situ in the spring. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.
Part Used: Seeds.
A drink made from the crushed seed is used as a vermifuge. It is intensely bitter but has been used on children and expels the worms both by vomit and by excretion. A decoction of the root has been applied to skin eruptions.
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