The herb is often used in domestic herbal practice in the treatment of skin afflictions, diseases of the blood, fevers, colds etc
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any moderately good soil and almost any situation. Once established, this is a drought resistant plant, succeeding in dry shade.
Sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer if they are large enough. Otherwise, grow them on in a cold frame for the winter and plant them out in the following spring.
The plant resembles hops in taste and flavour. An infusion of the leaves and flowers is used as a hop substitute for flavouring beer in some areas. It is said to clear the beer more quickly than hops, but imparts too much colour to the brew.