Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Penthorum sedoides

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penthorum sedoides



Traditional name

Virginia stonecrop
Ditch stone-crop.

Used parts

Tincture of fresh plant.


Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Rosiflorae / Rosidae; Saxifragales; Crassulaceae - Stonecrop Family


Original proving

Penth. was proved by Dr. D. B. Morrow (twice), Dr. Scudder, and a young man, who all took substantial doses.

Description of the substance

Botanical Source.-This is an erect, perennial herb, about a foot high, found growing in creeks and wet situations throughout the United States and Canada. The stem is smooth, round at the base, but angular above, and often branched. It has numerous scattered, thin leaves, from 2 to 3 inches long, about 1/3 as wide, and attached to the stem at an acute angle. They are lanceolate, smooth, finely and sharply serrate, tapering regularly to an acute apex. and at the base to a very short leaf-stalk. The flowers are small, inconspicuous, and arranged in terminal naked cymes, consisting of from 2 to 4 slender, simple, 1-sided branches, which unroll as the flowers expand. The flowers are supported on short peduncle., about 1/8 of an inch long, and consist, each, of a 5-parted calyx, 10 stamens, and 5
pistils, which are united at the base. The petals are generally wanting. The fruit consists of 5 dry, 1-celled capsules, beaked with the persistent style, and united at the base. They open, when ripe, at the summit, and are filled with numerous minute seeds. The genus Penthorum, which differs from its allies of the Crassulaceae in not having fleshy stems, consists of only 2 species-the one described above, indigenous to North America, the other found only in China.