Perennial growing to 6½ ft (2 m). Has an erect stem, narrow leaves, and long spikes of pink-purple flowers.
Habitat & Cultivation
This herb is found in Europe and western Asia, and grows in clearings, along roads, and in open areas. It is picked when in flower in late summer.
Rosebay willow herb contains flavones and tannins.
History & Folklore
In Siberia, an alcoholic drink has been made from this herb and the fly agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria).
Medicinal Actions & Uses
Demulcent and astringent, rosebay willow herb treats diarrhea, mucous colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. It has also been made into an ointment to soothe skin problems in children. Rosebay willow herb is used to treat prostate problems.