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Hog’s Fennel (Peucedanum officinale)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hog's Fennel
Peucedanum officinale

Yields a gum, similar to ‘Gum Ammoniac’ (which is obtained from Ferula communis)[46, 61]. The root is wounded in the spring and then yields a considerable quantity of a yellowish-green juice which dries into a gummy resin and retains the strong sulphur-like smell of the plant[4]. The gum of Ferula communis is used as an incense[4] and also has medicinal value[1].

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is anodyne, antispasmodic, aperient, diaphoretic, diuretic and pectoral[4, 9, 46]. An infusion is used in the treatment of coughs, bronchial catarrh etc[9]. The root is mainly used, it is harvested in the spring or autumn and dried for later use[9].

    A homeopathic remedy is made from the roots[9]. It is used in the treatment of bronchial catarrh, coughs, intermittent fevers and to stimulate menstrual flow[9].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Skin contact with the sap of this plant is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[65, 218]. It is also said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[218].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible otherwise in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any moisture-retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Suitable for group plantings in the wild garden[200].
Europe, including Britain, from Germany south and east to Portugal, central Russia and the Balkans.

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