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Leopoldia comosa


Leopoldia comosa

(Tassel hyacinth)


Botanical info: 

Tassel hyacinth is a bulbous perennial plant that  grows as tuft plant with narrow leaves. A leafy floral stem, which grows 20 – 60 cm tall, emerges in late winter. Its natural habitat includes rocky places, fallow grounds, shrublands (Batha, Phrygana) but also anthropogenic habitats. It is native to the Mediterranean basin. Flowering from February to March.  


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Epidemics:

        a. Bulb sap is recommended against brain strokes. 

    b. In Nature of Women: 

        a. The bulb is used for the preparation of drink against breast milk stopping. 

        b. The bulb mixed with wine for the promotion of menstruation and conception. 

    c. In Diseases of Women 1:

        a. Fruit and/or flowers as birth stimulants. 

    d. In Diseases of Women 2:

        a. The bulb as conception stimulant.   

        b. The bulb against uterus bleeding. 


Other uses: 

The bulb is cooked and pickled. It has a slightly bitter taste that is appreciated especially by Greeks and Italians. The cooked bulbs, preserved in oil, are used as a relish. The bulb is appetizer and diuretic, rich in mucilage and can be crushed then applied as a poultice to reddened skin. Tassel hyacinth has been used, for its diuretic and stimulant properties. Comisic acid has been extracted from the bulb, and apparently acts like saponin.


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