hop bush, Dodonia,
Hopbush, Kayu Mesen
Dense, spreading shrub or small
tree with sticky, yellow-green, elliptic leaves up to 5 inches long.
Green-yellow flowers appear in
summer, followed by round, black seeds in 3-winged cases.
a height of 10 feet. There is a purple variety.
Requires a light well-drained soil in a sunny position. Succeeds in
almost any fertile soil and in a hot dry position. Resists drought,
salt winds and pollution.
Plants are very wind hardy but are not
resistant to frost. Plants are difficult to transplant when they are
more than 60 centimetres tall.
Polymorphic, there are a number of
Dioecious. Seed - sow spring in a
greenhouse. The seed can be slow to germinate. Prick out the
seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle
and grow them on in a fairly sunny part of the greenhouse for at
least their first winter. If trying them outdoors, then plant them
out in early summer of their second or third year's growth after the
last expected frosts and give them some protection from the cold for
their next winter or two. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in
to Zone 9. Leaves are picked in summer and used fresh for gargles
and poultices or dried for infusions.
Names after Rembert Dodoens (1517-85) a Flemish royal physician and
professor of medicine at
who published a herbal in 1554.
up to 18% tannins
Anodyne; Diaphoretic; Febrifuge;
Internally used for fevers.
Externally for pain relief of
toothache, sore throat, wounds, and stings.
The leaves are apparently effective in
the treatment of toothache if they are chewed without swallowing the
juice.The bark is employed in astringent baths and poultices
The bitter fruits are a substitute for hops and yeast in making beer
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