Herbal Lore

Yellow Alder


By Morningbird

Turnera ulmifolia

Also called yellow elder, West Indian Holly, ram goat dashalong, yellow buttercup, buttercup bush, Cuban buttercup, Bahamian buttercup, sage rose and false Damiana, (though it is not closely related to buttercup, holly, rose, alder or elder) yellow alder is a tropical shrub in the Passionflower family native to the Caribbean basin. It is a low, bushy plant that reaches a height of 2-3 feet. Yellow flowers are produced all year long among shiny green serrated oval-shaped leaves.



Growing Yellow Alder

Yellow alder is not picky about soil and thrives in full sun to part shade, though it will be bushier if it gets more sun. It makes a nice ground cover in zones 9-11, and can be grown in a container in other areas. Yellow alder is drought tolerant. It will reseed in its ideal habitat and may become invasive.

Yellow alder for Healing

Yellow alder is used traditionally to treat colds and flu, stomach aches, diarrhea, abdominal and menstrual cramps and for skin conditions. Studies have shown yellow alder to have antibacterial properties.


Parts of this plant are toxic.

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