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Useful Temperate Plants

Ajuga iva

(L.) Schreb.

Lamiaceae

+ Synonyms

Abiga cistifolia St.-Lag.

Ajuga humilis Porta

Ajuga moschata (Mill.) Schreb.

Ajuga pseudoiva Robill. & Castagne ex DC.

Bugula moschata (Mill.) Bubani

Bulga iva (L.) Kuntze

Chamaepitys iva (L.) Fourr.

Chamaepitys moschata Garsault.

Chamaepitys pseudoiva (Robill. & Castagne ex DC.) Fourr.

Moscharia arabica Vitman

Moscharia asperidifolia Forssk.

Moscharia forsskalii J.F.Gmel.

Teucrium iva L.

Teucrium moschatum Mill.

Common Name: Herb Ivy

Ajuga iva
Flowering plant in native habitat
Photograph by: Daniel VILLAFRUELA
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Ajuga iva Ajuga iva

General Information

Ajuga iva is a prostate, aromatic, perennial plant producing one or more stems 5 - 10cm long from a woody base[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
].
This is one of the most used medicinal plants in Morocco. It is commonly harvested from the wild and is sold both fresh and dried in local markets[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Mediterranean region - Spain and Morocco east to the Levant

Habitat

Rocky slopes at elevations up to 2,700 metres[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
]. Semi-steppe shrubland in Israel.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.05 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Ajuga iva is a Meditteranean plant, found in drier areas all around the region.
Plants in this genus usually prefer a humus-rich, moisture retentive soil and a sunny position[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

The plant is considered to be a general preventive for all diseases and is therefore added to home made bread[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
].

Medicinal

Ajuga iva is a much-used medicinal herb in parts of its range. It is widely used in Morocco, where it is particularly valued for treating diabetes, cardiovascular problems and digestive problems.

The plant is said to be antibacterial, antiinflammatory, antimalarial, astringent, depurative, hypoglycaemic and vermifuge and vulnerary[
238
Title
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.
Publication
 
Author
Bown. D.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley, London.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-7513-020-31
Description
A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
,
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
]. It can be used either fresh or dried, often as a powder, in the treatment of diabetes. The powder herb, combined with honey, is made into small balls and then eaten as a treatment for stomach and intestinal pains, enteritis, fever, sinusitis and headache[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
]. The plant is often taken after meals as a preventative of diabetes and hypertension[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
].
An infusion of the flowering branches is considered to be a very effective vermifuge, and is also used to treat diarrhoea, feminine sterility, colds, and troubles of the digestive tract[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
]. The smoke from the flowering branches is said to be helpful in the treatment of psychic ailments[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
].
Externally, the planit is applied to wounds, sores etc[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
]. Its astringent action (due to the presence of tannins), makes it a useful treatment for all sorts of mouth ailments, such as ulcers of the mucosa and toothache[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
].

Pharmacological studies have shown that the plant has anti-ulcerous, hypoglycaemic and anti-inflammatory activities.
A water extract of the whole plant possess a strong hypoglycemic effect in diabetic rats, which supports its traditional use in the treatment of diabetes mellitus in humans[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
].
The sensibility of Spodoptera littoralis larvae to neoclerodane diterpenoids isolated from the leaves has also been demonstrated[
1059
Title
A Guide to Medicinal Plants in North Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
IUCN; Malaga, Spain
Year
2005
ISBN
2-8317-0893-1
Description
A guide to over 100 species of medicinal herbs in N. Africa.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in a container in the greenhouse. Prick the seedlings out into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant out when large enough.
Division in spring.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2018-12-15. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Ajuga+iva>

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