There are no edible uses listed for Lachnanthes carolina.
A red dye is obtained from the root
There are no material uses listed for Lachnanthes carolina.
The root is astringent, narcotic, tonic and nervine
. Taken internally it produces a peculiar form of cerebral stimulation and narcosis, it was often used as a narcotic by some native North American Indian tribes
. It is also used in the treatment of bowel complaints, coughs, pneumonia and the spitting of blood
. A strong decoction has been used as a wash for cancer
A homeopathic remedy is prepared from the whole fresh plant, harvested when in flower
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring
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Requires a humus-rich loamy soil
Plants are not quite hardy in Britain and are usually grown in a cold greenhouse
. They will quite possibly succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country.
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Lachnanthes carolina. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Lachnanthes carolina.
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