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Vaccaria segetalis  Garcke


Botanical Name


Vaccaria segetalis Garcke

English Name


Cow cockle, Cow soapwort, Cowherb



Vaccaria hispanica (Miller) Rauschert, Vaccaria pyramidata Medik., Vaccaria vaccaria (L.) Britton, nom. inval., Vaccaria vulgaris Host , Vaccaria parviflora Moench, Saponaria vaccaria L.





General Info


Plants 30-70 cm tall. Stems gray-green, apically branched, glabrous. Leaves 3-9 × 1.5-4 cm, apex acute. Bracts lanceolate, midvein green. Calyx green, 1-1.5 cm × 5-10 mm, 5-angled, submembranous between angles; calyx teeth triangular, margin scarious; globose in fruit. Petals 1.4-1.7 cm × 2-3 mm; claw greenish, narrowly cuneate; limb pink, emarginate, sometimes erose. Stamens included. Styles slightly exserted. Capsule 8-10 mm. Seeds red-brown to black, ca. 2 mm, granulate.

Herb Effects

Anodyne, discutient, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactogogue, styptic and vulnerary (seed); febrifuge and tonic (plant sap)


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Medicinal Use

A decoction of seeds is used to treat skin problems, breast tumours, dysmenorrhea and amenorrhea, testitis, deficiency of lactation and sluggish labour. The plant sap s used in the treatment of long-continued fevers of a low type. The plant is used externally to cure itch.


Contraindicated during pregnancy.


Jing-Nuan Wu. An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica. P: 650, Oxford University Press, Inc.2005.



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