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CHITRAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY

Local Practice:

The flowers are collected from the high pasture in the month of July and are presented to friends and relatives particularly on the occasion of wedding.

Historical Use:

The plant is a member of the poisonous Ranunculus family and all parts of the plant, including the seeds, are poisonous if ingested. The dried crushed seeds made into a dusting powder will kill lice very effectively. It is possible that inhaling the crushed seeds dust or otherwise absorbing oils from them may cause poisoning or at minimum exhibit symptoms of poison.

It was formerly used in herbal medicine mainly for its ant scorbutic effect, but it has fallen out of favor and is little used nowadays. . Because of its toxic properties, this plant should not be taken internally without expert advice, though the root is sometimes used externally in poultices to treat ulcers and the commoner skin disease. Columbine has produced very unsatisfactory results and is not normally used medicinally. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. It is used in the treatment of affections of the nervous system.

Local Name Berish
Botanical Name Aquilegia vulgaris
Part used Flower
Locally used for Ornamental and as a perfume.