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Common Name: Water Dropwort
Oenanthe aquatica is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
All parts of the plant are poisonous[
]. It is said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[
Europe, including Britain, though absent from the far north, to W. Asia.
In slow moving or stagnant water[
], and by the sides of streams, avoiding acid conditions[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles
Requires shallow water or a very wet fertile soil[
Individual plants are biennial, dying after flowering. The plant perrenates, however, by means of offsets[
The fruit is antiperiodic, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and pectoral. It is used in the treatment of chronic pectoral affections, dyspepsia, intermittent fevers, obstinate ulcers etc[
]. This plant should be used with great caution, and only under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. In overdose the fruits cause vertigo, intoxication and other narcotic effects.
The roots have been used externally in the treatment of piles[
A homeopathic remedy is made from the fruits. It is used in the treatment of bronchitis, coughs etc[
Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ.