Pellitory of the Wall



Parietaria officinalis
Frost hardy perennial herb belonging to the same group as the Stinging Nettle and the Hop . The name of this genus, Parietaria, is derived from the Latin word paries (a wall) and this plant, as its name suggests, is found typically growing in cracks in walls and stony ground. A downy plant, with oval, alternate leaves and tiny white flowers that form clusters close to its pinkish-red, sticky stem from early summer.

Young leaves and stems are edible and can be used in salads.  Medicinally the plant is said to have  diuretic, laxative, refrigerant and slightly demulcent actions and has been valued for over 2,000 years for its diuretic action, as a soother of chronic coughs and as a balm for wounds and burns.  In European herbal medicine it is regarded as a remedy for kidney and bladder stones and other urinary complaints. . The leaves can be used as a poultice on wounds and are soothing on minor burns and scalds.  The plant is harvested when flowering and can be used fresh or dried.

Pellitory of the Wall is a foodplant for the caterpillars of the Red Admiral butterfly.

Caution – this plant is a hayfever allergen.

Suitable for a sunny or partly shady spot, tolerant of poor soil. Winter dormant. Height to 60cm.

9cm pot Certified organic plant.

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