The plant contains tremetol, a complex alcohol, and glycosides. These toxins cause a fatal disease known as 'staggers' in cattle. The toxin can be passed through the milk and has caused fatalities in humans who have drunk affected cow's milk
There are no edible uses listed for Ageratina altissima.
There are no material uses listed for Ageratina altissima.
The root is diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, stimulant and tonic
. It has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea, gravel and urinary diseases
. It has also been used in herbal sweat baths to encourage sweating
. A decoction or infusion of the root has been taken to treat a fallen or inflamed womb
The root has been chewed and held in the mouth as a treatment for toothache
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame, only just covering the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.
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Succeeds in an ordinary well-drained but moisture retentive garden soil in sun or part shade
There is some difference of opinion over the correct name for this species with some authorities using Eupatorium rugosum[K].
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Polycultures & Guilds
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? 3.03.1 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)