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Uses

Toxic parts

Skin contact with the sap of this plant is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[1][2]. It is also said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[2].

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves - cooked[3][4][5]. Used as a potherb or as a flavouring[6][7]. The aromatic roots can be used as a flavouring[7]. They are said to taste hotter than pepper[8]. A particularly popular drink is made from the fermented roots[9].

Unknown part

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Peucedanum ostruthium.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Masterwort is little used in modern herbalism, but it may well be a herb that bears further investigation[10]. It was held in high regard in the Middle Ages where it was especially valued for its ability to resolve all flatulence in the body and stimulate the flow of urine and menstruation[10]. It was also used in treating rheumatic conditions, shortness of breath, kidney and bladder stones, water retention and wounds[10].

The root is antispasmodic, aromatic, bitter, strongly carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, stimulant and stomachic[8][9][11][12][10]. It is of use in the treatment of asthma, dyspepsia and menstrual complaints[8], an infusion helps to relieve migraine[9]. The root is gathered in the spring or autumn and dried for later use[9][11]. An essential oil from the plant has a euphoric and odontalgic effect[9]. Used externally, it relieves skin irritation[9]. When used externally, the plant or the extracted essential oil can cause an allergic reaction to sunlight[10].

A homeopathic remedy is made from the roots[11]. No details of its applications are given[K].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible otherwise in early spring. 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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Cultivation

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any moisture-retentive soil in a sunny position[13]. Dislikes shade. This report contradicts the report that this plant grows wild in woodlands.

Masterwort was at one time cultivated as a pot herb and for medicinal purposes, though it has now fallen into virtual disuse[8][13].

Suitable for group plantings in the wild garden[13].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Peucedanum ostruthium. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Peucedanum ostruthium.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Peucedanum ostruthium
Genus
Peucedanum
Family
Umbelliferae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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