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Common Name: Hairy Rupture Wort
Herniaria hirsuta is a Annual/Perennial up to 0.02 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Central and Southern Europe to Africa and Asia. Naturalized in Britain.
Grows well in hot dry soils[
]. Dislikes excessive moisture[
]. Succeeds in very poor soils[
Useful for covering rocks or as a carpet bedding[
], it makes a good ground cover for spring bulbs since they can grow through it easily[
The plant is diuretic[
]. It is used in the treatment of sore throats[
]. The plant contains coumarins and saponins, which are toxic, and so it should be used with some caution.
A good ground cover plant, allowing spring bulbs to grow through it[
An aqueous extract of the plant is a hand cleanser, making the skin soft and supple[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.