Redshank (Adenostoma sparsifolium)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Redshank
Adenostoma sparsifolium
Rosaceae

The bark is fibrous and has been stripped off the plants to make women’s skirts[257].

The wood has been used to make fencing posts and as construction material[257]. The wood burns well, giving a high intensity heat[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is cathartic[257].

    The plant has been used externally in the treatment of arthritis[257].

    An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of colds and chest complaints, and also as a mouth wash to treat toothaches[257]. An infusion of the dried leaves, or the branches, has been used in the treatment of stomach ailments, inducing either bowel movements or vomiting[257].

    The crushed twigs have been mixed with oil and used as a salve[257].

  • Edible Use

    Seeds[257]. No further information is given.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow the plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse or cold frame, planting them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings could be tried in August of half-ripe wood, preferably with a heel, in a frame. Layering.
Requires a sheltered sunny position in a well-drained soil[182, 200] and protection from cold winds[200]. Plants are not very hardy in Britain and do not withstand exposure to prolonged winter frosts though they succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country[182, 200]. In colder areas they are best grown against a south or south-west facing wall[200]. The leaves are resinous and catch fire easily[181]. They have a pleasant aroma[200].
South-western N. America – Southern California.

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