Hedge Hyssop (Gratiola officinalis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hedge Hyssop
Gratiola officinalis
Scrophulariaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Hedge hyssop was once widely used as a medicinal herb but it is now considered to be obsolete because of its toxicity[238]. The root and the flowering herb are cardiac, diuretic, violently purgative and vermifuge[4, 9, 21]. The plant has been used in the treatment of liver problems, enlargement of the spleen, dropsy, jaundice, intestinal worms etc[4, 238]. The plant is harvested whilst in flower in the summer and dried for later use[9, 238]. Use with caution, in excess the plant causes abortion, kidney damage and bowel haemorrhage[238]. See also the notes above on toxicity.

    A homeopathic remedy is made from the flowering plant[9]. It is used in the treatment of cystitis, colic and certain stomach disorders[9].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    All parts of the plant are poisonous[9, 65, 200].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring[1]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Prefers a rich moist alkaline soil in full sun[1, 200, 238]. Succeeds in pond margins[1].
Central and southern Europe.

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