A toxin, called 'andromedotoxin' can be released from the plant if it is infused in boiling water
. See notes below regarding use of the plant for tea.
The tender leaves and shoot-tips are boiled as an aromatic tea
. A delicious drink
. Some caution is advised since boiling the plant or infusing it in hot water is said to release a toxic chemical
. It is safer to soak the leaves in a jar of water in direct sunlight to make 'sun tea'
Tannin is obtained from the leaves and twigs
The plant is used as a respiratory aid in the treatment of catarrh
Seed - sow February/March in an acid compost in the greenhouse. Surface sow or only just cover the seed and place in a lightly shaded position
. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 12°c
. Prick out the young seedlings into individual pots as soon as possible, they are prone to damp-off and so should be kept well ventilated
. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter and plant them out in early summer once they are 15cm or more tall.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 7cm with a heel, July/August in a frame in a shady position. Takes 15 months.
Layering in August in a semi-shady position. Takes 18 months.
Division in early spring. The plants should be 'dropped' beforehand
. This entails digging up the plant 6 to 12 months earlier and replanting it somewhat more deeply. The buried branches will then root and form new plants when divided.
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Requires a well-drained, moisture-retentive, lime-free, humus- rich soil and a shady position
Plants spread slowly by means of suckers when they are grown in a suitable position.
A very ornamental plant, there are many named varieties
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