Common names: blister bush, wild celery (English); bergseldery, wilde seldery, droëdas (Afrikaans).
Botanical name: Notobubon galbanum
Previously known as: Peucedanum galbanum
Notobubon galbanum, known as wild celery or blister bush, is a striking evergreen shrub with leathery leaves and large yellow flower clusters. It is native to the moist fynbos of the Western Cape, where it attracts insects and serves as a host plant for the citrus swallowtail butterfly. However, it is also notorious for causing severe skin blistering when touched, due to the phototoxic compounds in its leaves and fruits. This plant has a long history of traditional use as a diuretic and a remedy for rheumatism, gout, and bladder problems. It can be grown in sun or semi-shade, but care should be taken to avoid unnecessary contact with the plant.
Uses & Benefits: medicine
Nature & Cultivation
Use as Medicine
Safety: blistering topically