(Boenninghausenia albiflora)

Shrub
Ruta alba
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Boenninghausenia albiflora
Rutaceae

The plant contains 0.2 – 0.4% essential oils[272]. The dried leaves are used as a flea repellent[272].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are pounded and applied to cuts and wounds as a styptic and to speed the healing process[218, 272]. They are crushed and placed in the nostrils in the treatment of malaria[218]. The external application of the leaves is also used in the treatment of scabies[272]. The leaf juice is dropped into wounds in order to kill germs[272]. Applied externally to the forehead, the juice is said to relieve headaches, whilst the whole plant is placed under the pillow whilst sleeping to relieve headaches[272].

    A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of malaria[218].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse in the autumn[188]. Sow stored seed in February to May in a greenhouse[138]. Only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 – 3 months at 15¡c[138]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].
Requires a warm sheltered position in a well-drained soil that is not too dry[11, 138, 200]. Plants are likely to rot if the soil remains too wet in winter[200]. Succeeds on chalk[11, 182]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[200]. Plants are often cut to the ground in severe winters but they usually regrow from the base[11, 182]. It is best to give the roots a mulch in the winter[11]. A very ornamental but short-lived plant[1]. The leaves are very aromatic[188].
E. Asia – Himalayas to Japan.

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