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Uses

Toxic parts

The plant contains calcium oxylate crystals[1]. These cause an extremely unpleasant sensation similar to needles being stuck into the mouth and tongue if they are eaten, but they are easily neutralized by thoroughly drying or cooking the plant or by steeping it in water[2].

Edible uses

Notes

Rhizome - cooked. It is usually prepared by drying the root, grinding it into a powder and then thoroughly cooking it to ensure that any acrimonious principle is completely destroyed. The resulting powder is rich in starch and can be used as a flour for making bread etc, especially in conjunction with cereal flours[3][4][5][6][7]. It is said to be very tasty[2]. Fruit (does this include the seed?) - it should be dried and then thoroughly cooked[8]. The dried fruit and rootstalk can be ground into an unpalatable but nutritious powder[8]. The seed is dried, cooked and ground into a powder[9].

Fruit

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Calla palustris.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Antirheumatic. Used in the treatment of colds and flu[8].

A tea made from the dried root has been used in the treatment of flu, shortness of breath, bleeding and as a poultice on swellings and snakebites[1][10].

The aerial stems have been used in the treatment of sore legs[10].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in late summer in a cold frame in pots standing in about 3cm of water[11]. Sow stored seed as early as possible in the year in a greenhouse. The germination rate of stored seed is often poor. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in trays of water in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Division in spring[11]. Very easy, it is possible to divide this plant at almost any time in the growing season. Any part of the stem, if placed in water or a pot of very wet soil, will quickly root away to form a new plant.

Stem cuttings in summer, rooted in wet mud[11].

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Cultivation

Requires a wet lime-free humus rich soil by water or in shallow, still or slowly flowing water in full sun[11]. When grown on the pond margins it creeps in and out of the water[3]. Succeeds in water up to 25cm deep[12].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Calla palustris. 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 Calla palustris.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Calla palustris
Genus
Calla
Family
Araceae
Imported References
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
4
Heat Zone
?
Water
aquatic
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
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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