Prostrate annual or perennial with bright green oval leaves and clusters of green flowers.
Habitat & Cultivation
Rupturewort is found throughout Europe and western Asia. It thrives in barren areas, in lime and sandy soils. It is gathered when in flower.
Rupturewort contains coumarins (including 3% herniarin and scopoletin), flavonoids, phenolic acids, and saponins.
History & Folklore
Rupturewort was first documented in European herbals of the 16th century. Its genus name, Herniaria, refers to its reputed ability to heal hernias.
Medicinal Actions & Uses
Rupturewort is of value chiefly as a diuretic herb. The fresh plant treats urinary problems such as cystitis, irritable bladder, and kidney stones. It is also astringent, and has been applied as a poultice to speed the healing of ulcers. The whole plant appears to have an antispasmodic effect on the bladder.