Gromwell (Lithospermum officinale)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Lithospermum officinale

A purple dye is obtained from the roots. It is best harvested in the spring[178].

  • Medicinal Use

    The mature seeds are diuretic, lithontripic and oxytocic[9, 240]. They are ground into a powder and used in the treatment of bladder stones, arthritis and febrile conditions[9].

    An infusion of the leaves is used as a sedative[240].

    The root is depurative[240]. A syrup made from a decoction of the root and stems is used in the treatment of eruptive diseases such as smallpox, measles and itch[240].

    All parts of the plant contain a substance that inhibits the secretion of the pituitary gonadotrophic hormone[240]. Extracts of the herb possess contraceptive properties[240].

  • Edible Use

    The leaves are used as a tea substitute[46, 61, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame. 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. Cuttings. Division.
Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil[200].
Europe, including Britain, except the extreme southwest and north, east to Iran and the Caucasus.

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