(Apocynum venetum)

Perennial
A. sibiricum. Trachomitum venetum. (L.)Woodson.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Apocynum venetum
Apocynaceae

The bark yields a fibre that is used for making twine, bags, linen etc[46, 61]. It can be harvested after the leaves fall in autumn but is probably at its best as the seed pods are forming[169].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves or the whole herb is cardiotonic, diuretic and hypotensive[176, 218]. It is used in the treatment of hypertensive headache, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, oliguria and nephritic oedema[176]. It increases the renal blood flow and can be used for renal and cardiac oedema and ascites of liver cirrhosis[176].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    All parts of the plant are poisonous[1, 62].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in late summer and overwintered outdoors. The seed requires a period of cold stratification if it is to germinate well[238]. Prick out the seedlings when large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting out in late spring of the following year[K]. Division in spring just before active growth begins[200]. Plants can also be divided in the autumn[238].
Succeeds in sun or shade in most well-drained but moisture-retentive soils[1, 200]. Plants can be invasive[200]. The flowers are attractive to bees.
S. Europe. N. Africa – Syria.

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