Bitter Milkwort (Polygala amara)

Perennial
P. amarella Crantz. P. austriaca. P. uliginosa.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bitter Milkwort
Polygala amara
Polygalaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The herb is bitter, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, mildly expectorant, galactogogue[9, 21]. An infusion is used to treat stomach upsets, bladder and kidney disorders etc[9]. The plant is harvested as it comes into flower and dried for later use[9].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, at least one member of this genus is said to be poisonous in large quantities.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[214]. 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. Division. Cuttings of young shoots in a frame in late spring[1].
Prefers a moderately fertile moisture-retentive well-drained soil, succeeding in full sun if the soil remains moist throughout the growing season, otherwise it is best in semi-shade[200]. Dislikes shade according to another report.
Europe, including Britain, south and east from Norway.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.