The bulb contains saponins. Although fairly toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and most of them simply pass straight through. Saponins are found in a number of common foods, including many beans. They are destroyed by thorough cooking[K]. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K].
Bulb - cooked
. A slow baking will remove any soapiness in the taste. The bulbs can be very large and are up to 15cm in diameter.
There are no material uses listed for Chlorogalum parviflorum.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Chlorogalum parviflorum.
Seed - sow spring or summer 2mm deep in a peat/sand mix. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 6 months at 15°c, but it can be slow and erratic. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings do not need to be thinned and grow them on in the pot for their first year of growth, giving an occasional liquid feed o ensure that they do not become mineral deficient. When dormant, pot up 3 young bulbs per pot and grow them on for at least another 2 years before planting them out into their permanent positions in the spring
Division of offsets when the bulb dies down in late summer. Larger offsets can be planted out direct into their permanent positions but it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on for at least a year in the greenhouse.
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Succeeds in any reasonably good well-drained soil
. Prefers a rich well-drained moisture retentive soil
. Tolerates partial shade
. Dislikes dry soils according to one report
but plants grow in dry soils in the wild
Plants are frost hardy but they come into new growth in the autumn and so need to be grown in a warm sheltered position, especially in colder areas of the country
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Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
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