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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Tuber - cooked[1]. Rich in starch[2][3]. Dried and boiled in water it yields a mucilaginous matter which can be mixed with grain to make a nutritious bread[1][4]. Boiling destroys the acrid principle in the tubers[1], rendering them quite pleasant to eat[K].

Flowering stalk - cooked[2][5].

Seed - roasted[2][5].

Material uses

The dried tuber is pulverized and mixed with cold water to make a strong glue[1] that is used by bookmakers and shoemakers[6][2][5]. A yellow dye is obtained from the tuber[7][6].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root, gathered at the end of its first year, is acrid, antispasmodic, diuretic, emmenagogue[1]. It was used in the treatment of several diseases by the Greeks and Romans, but is not employed in modern medicine[1].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[8]. 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. When the plants are large enough to handle, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division in early spring or autumn[9].

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Cultivation

Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, tolerating partial shade[10]. Requires a well-drained soil[11][10]. Prefers a deep rich sandy loamy soil[11][9]. Prefers a sunny position and a soil that is not too rich[10]. Grows well on hot dry banks[12].

This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[10]. Plants are evergreen in mild winters[10]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[13].

This species is closely related to A. ramosus[14].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Asphodelus aestivus.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Asphodelus aestivus
Genus
Asphodelus
Family
Asphodelaceae
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
8
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
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
Fertility
?
Pollinators
?
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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References

  1. ? 1.01.11.21.31.41.51.61.71.8 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.6 Polunin. O. and Huxley. A. Flowers of the Mediterranean. Hogarth Press ISBN 0-7012-0784-1 (1987-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.15.25.35.4 Niebuhr. A. D. Herbs of Greece. Herb Society of America. (1970-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.16.2 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  8. ? Rice. G. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 2. Thompson and Morgan. (1988-00-00)
  9. ? 9.09.1 Sanders. T. W. Popular Hardy Perennials. Collingridge (1926-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.110.210.310.410.5 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  12. ? Grey. C. H. Hardy Bulbs. Williams & Norgate. (1938-00-00)
  13. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
  14. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)

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