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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Ageratum conyzoides.

Material uses

The leaves and the flowers yield 0.2% essential oil with a powerful nauseating odour[1]. The oil contains 5% eugenol, which has a pleasant odour[1]. The oil from plants growing in Africa has an agreeable odour, consisting almost entirely of eugenol[1].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The juice of the root is antilithic[1][2]. A paste of the root, mixed with the bark of Schinus wallichii, is applied to set dislocated bones[3].

The leaves are styptic[1]. They are dried and applied as a powder to cuts, sores and the ruptures caused by leprosy[3], The powder absorbs the moisture of the disease and forms a layer that is removed after 1 - 2 days[3]. An effective cure for most cuts and sores, though it does not effect a complete cure for leprosy[3]. The leaves are also used externally in the treatment of ague[1][2]. The juice of the plant is used to treat cuts, wounds and bruises[3]. A paste of the leaves is used as a poultice to remove thorns from the skin[3]. A paste made of the leaves mixed with equal amounts of Bidens pilosa, Drymaria cordata, Galinsoga parviflora and the rhizome of Zingiber officinale is used to treat snakebites[3].

The juice of the flowerheads is used externally to treat scabies, whilst a paste of them is used to treat rheumatism[3]. A tea made from the flowerheads mixed with Ocimum tenuifolium is used to treat coughs and colds[3].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow late winter or early spring in a warm greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings when large enough to handle and plant out after the last expected frosts[4]. Seed can also be sown in situ in the spring and, for earlier blooms, it is possible to sow it in late summer or early autumn, though it will need to be overwintered in a warm greenhouse[4].

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Cultivation

Succeeds in full sun in a sheltered position in any reasonably fertile moisture-retentive soil that does not dry out in the summer[4]. Plant vigour and flowering periods are much reduced on dry soils[4].

This species is not frost hardy, though it can be grown as a summer annual in Britain[4].

The fresh plant is malodorous[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Ageratum conyzoides.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Ageratum conyzoides
Genus
Ageratum
Family
Compositae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
9
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    1 x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.31.41.51.61.7 Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.2 Medicinal Plants of Nepal Dept. of Medicinal Plants. Nepal. (1993-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.53.63.73.83.9 Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-527-6 (2002-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.54.6 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)

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