Annual growing to 28 in (70 cm). Has deep green leaves, greenish flowers, and small dark seeds.
Habitat & Cultivation
Native to Europe, this plant is commonplace in southern countries, where it is found on walls and in dry stony sites. It is gathered in summer when in flower.
Pellitory-of-the-wall contains flavonoids and tannins.
History & Folklore
For more than 2,000 years, pellitory-of-the-wall has been valued as a diuretic, as a soother of chronic coughs, and as a balm for wounds and burns.
Medicinal Actions & Uses
Pellitory-of-the wall is chiefly employed as a diuretic, demulcent, and stone-preventing herb. In European herbal medicine, it is regarded as having a restorative action on the kidneys, supporting and strengthening their function. It has been prescribed for conditions such as nephritis, pyelitis (inflammation of the kidney), kidney stones, renal colic (pain caused by kidney stones), cystitis, and edema (fluid retention). It is also occasionally taken as a laxative.
Do not take if suffering from hay fever or other allergies.