Viburnum lantana

Viburnum lantana

Viburnum lantana is a shrub-like plant belonging to the Caprifoliaceae family that is widespread in southern and central Europe, up to an altitude of about 1000 meters. Viburnum lantana is a shrub that has many ramifications with deciduous leaves and stems that can reach 5 meters in height. The branches and leaves are covered with a fluff. The stem of the plant has a woody bark with a pinkish brown color. The leaves have an oval shape, have teeth on the margin, the upper page has a wrinkled surface with a dark green color, while the lower one is greyish with a woolly down. The flowers have a white color, are grouped in corymbs enclosed by some bracts. The fruits are drupes with an oval shape with a variable color between green, red and black depending on the degree of ripeness. Inside there is a brown core.

Cultivation of Viburnum lantana

Viburnum lantana is a plant that for its development needs a position in full sun, even if it could grow correctly even in the presence of partial shade. The ideal soil for growing Viburnum lantana should be fresh, adequately deep to allow root system development and with a slightly acidic composition. The plant is able to withstand any temperature, in case of frosts it would only be advisable to provide a mulch to protect the roots. To administer the correct nutrients, mature manure should be provided during the spring period. Viburnum lantana should be watered abundantly especially in summer, reducing the interventions from autumn onwards. The plant particularly suffers from stagnation of

Viburnum lantana care

Viburnum lantana is a plant that does not require major pruning, in fact it is only necessary to thin out the excessively dense branches, or the parts that are dry or damaged. Viburnum lantana is a particularly resistant plant so it is hardly affected by diseases or parasitic pathologies. However, the essential thing is to avoid water stagnation which could cause root rot. If you are cultivating early flowering species, it would be advisable to repair the plants so as to prevent late frosts from damaging the newly emerging buds. Usually the plant is reproduced by cutting. It is good to remember that although it is a medicinal plant, its fruits if ingested are highly toxic. The young branches are very flexible,

Using Lantana Viburnum in Medicine

Viburnum lantana is a plant that could be used to treat some diseases by exploiting mainly the leaves, flowers and branches. The plant could be used to treat allergic asthma, to calm the pulmonary autonomic system, to block bronchial spasms, thus improving the functionality of the respiratory system. Inflorescences infused could provide a decoction with an anti-inflammatory function. An infusion of leaves and younger branches could be used to make compresses to be applied on calluses, ulcers, boils that could form on the legs. Viburnum lantana could also be used to strengthen the gums in case of bleeding.

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