Jalap (Ipomoea jalapa)

I. purga.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Ipomoea jalapa

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The tuber is a resinous acrid herb with an unpleasant taste that is often used as a purgative[238]. It is taken internally in the treatment of constipation, colic and intestinal parasites[238]. The root is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use[238].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. Semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.
Requires a well-drained humus-rich soil in a sunny position[238]. This species is not very frost tolerant[238], though it might be possible to grow it outdoors in a very sheltered position in the mildest areas of Britain. Either cut the plant back or thin out the shoots in the spring[238]. 218245
Southern N. America – Mexico.

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