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Used as a laxative, but now considered too dangerous. In homeopathy for diarrhoea, stomach and intestinal problems. See also Dioscorides.
Podlech, D. (1996). Herbs & Healing Plants of Britain & Europe, Collins p.231


Professor Anthony Dayan, 2022

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, Caucasus
  • Asia-Temperate, Middle Asia
  • Asia-Temperate, Siberia
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia
  • Europe, Eastern Europe
  • Europe, Middle Europe
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe

Gratiola officinalis L.

Genus: Gratiola
Species: officinalis L.
Common names: Hedge Hyssop; Gratiole
Distribution summary: Europe
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H6 - Hardy; very cold winter
Habitat: Marshes, margins of rivers, ponds and ditches
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Europe & Mediterranean (E)
Flowering months: June, July, August
Reason for growing: Medicinal, toxic

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