Root - cooked. A famine food, used when all else fails
A brown dye is obtained from the dry flowers
The leaves and roots are rich in tannin
The whole plant, but especially the roots, is rich in tannin
. It is antiseptic, highly astringent, styptic and tonic
. An infusion of the whole plant, or of the roots alone, is used in the treatment of diarrhoea (especially for children and the elderly), dysentery, cholera, gastro-enteritis, internal bleeding, excessive menstruation etc
. Externally, it is used in the treatment of purulent wounds, haemorrhoids, thrush, vaginal discharges, inflammations of the mouth etc
It is best to harvest the roots as the plant comes into flower since they are then at their most active medicinally
. The leaves should be harvested before the plant sets seed
. Both are dried for later use
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
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Succeeds in any moderately fertile retentive soil in a sunny position
. Tolerates a range of soil types
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits
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