Notobubon galbanum

Blister Bush - Notobubon galbanum

Avoid taking orally in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Can cause blistering if applied topically to skin and then exposed to sunlight due to furanocoumarin content in the oil. Use sparingly.

Plant Uses & Benefits: medicine


Common names: blister bush, blisterbush, wild celery (English); bergseldery, wilde seldery, droëdas (Afrikaans). 
Botanical name: Notobubon galbanum
Previously known as: Peucedanum galbanum
Family: Apiaceae


Type: shrub
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Flower colour: yellow
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Plant-animal interactions: butterflies
Red list status:

Greek noto = southern, boubon = an inflamed swelling, galbanum – erroneously believed to be the source of the medicine galbanum.

Woody evergreen shrub reaching 2.5 m in height. Leaves are compound and consist of serrated, rhomboidal leaflets that sometimes consist of three lobes and are green above and glaucous below. Small yellow flowers are borne in large, rounded compound umbels from October to February.

citrus swallowtail, Papilio demodocus

Use as Medicine

Herbal traditions: Cape Herbal Medicine
Plant parts used: leaves, seeds

Safety & Toxicity

Safety: blistering topically

Qualities & Phytochemistry

Plant qualities: 
Phytochemical constituents: coumarins

Actions & Pharmacology

Plant actions: antirheumatic, bitter, diuretic


Plant preparations: decoction, dried, infusion - aqueous, tincture

First-Aid Indications

First-aid use: arthritis, gout, high blood pressure, obesity 

Medical Indications

Medical use:  

Veterinary Indications

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Other Uses

Uses & Benefits: medicine

Cultivation & Harvest

Light-level: afternoon sun, full shade, full sun, semi-shade
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Propagation: seed