Eryngium campestre, known as field eryngo, is a species of Eryngium, which is used medicinally. A member of the Apiaceae family, Eryngo is a hairless, thorny perennial. The leaves are tough and stiff, whitish-green. The basal leaves are long-stalked, pinnate and spiny. The leaves of this plant are mined by the gall fly which is called Euleia heraclei.
Mainly Central and southern Europe, north to Germany and Holland. Rare in the British Isles.
Used in herbalism as an infusion to treat coughs, whooping cough and urinary infections. Roots were formerly candied as sweets or boiled and roasted as a vegetable. Active constituents: Essential oils, saponins, tannins.
- Plants For A Future: Eryngium campestre
- USDA Plants: Eryngium campestre
- Plant Profile of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland: Eryngium campestre
- Distribution Map of Eryngium campestre in continental France (Telebotanica)
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