Sempervivum tectorum Linn

Family ► Crassulaceae.

Habitat ► Nilgiris, as ornament. (A common garden plant in Britain and Europe.)

English ► Houseleek.

Action ► Leaves—refrigerant, astringent, antispasmodic; applied as poultice to inflammatory conditions of skin. Juice of the leaves is applied topically for treating corns.

The leaves sliced in two and the inner surface applied to warts, act as a positive cure for corns.

The leaves contain tannin, malic acid and mucilage. Three related species are found in the alpine Himalayan range from Kumaon to Kashmir.

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