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Common Name: Swallow Wort
Vincetoxicum hirundinaria is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
The plant is poisonous[
Europe to E. Asia.
Wood margins and open places, north to latitude 60° 30' north in Europe[
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[
A polymorphic species.
Diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic[
]. Used in the treatment of dropsy[
]. The juice of the plant is applied to boils and pimples[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.