The Latin plant genus pimpinella saxifraga may come from the word bipinula, which roughly means “double pinnate” and describes the shape of the leaves. Saxifraga means “stone-breaker” and refers to the herb’s special power or cultivation site.

Pimpinella  saxifraga
Pimpinella saxifraga


Plant family Umbelliferae
Flowering season May to August
Harvest Roots: March to April and September to October
Signature properties Strong odor of billy goat
Vegetation Grassland, sparse forests, rocky mountain slopes up to 2000 m above sea level.


Why does the herb have yellow or brown leaves?

Towards the end of their growththe green leaves of herbs increasingly turn yellow and brown. This indicates that the plant is preparing for winter and increasingly suspends photosynthesis. This process depends on climatic conditions such as sunshine duration, temperature and soil moisture. Due to Arosa's altitude, the nights get cold very early, causing discoloration to beginalreadyin late summer. But do not worry: in spring the herb sprouts anew and shines again in rich green.


Burnet: a cure for the plague?

Like ginseng for the Chinese or eleuthero for the Russians, burnet was an elixir and essential tonic for the Native Americans. “Eat garlic and burnet to preserve your health,” was the advice that our forefathers lived by in the Middle Ages – they believed that by purifying the air they breathed, they would be protected against the plague.