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Uses

Toxic parts

The whole plant is poisonous[1].

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Consolida ambigua.

Material uses

The seed is insecticidal[2]. A tincture made from the seed is said to be effective against hair nits[3]. There is uncertainty as to whether the insecticidal effect is due to the oil or alkaloids in the seed[2]. The seed contains 39% of a fixed oil, though the report does not say if this is ever exploited[2].

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Larkspur formerly had a reputation for its ability to consolidate and heal wounds[3], whilst the juice from the leaves is considered to be a remedy for piles and an infusion of the flowers and leaves has been used as a remedy for colicky children[3]. However, the whole plant is very poisonous and it should not be used internally without the guidance of an expert. Externally, it can be used as a parasiticide[1]. A tincture of the seed is applied externally to kill lice in the hair[2].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow in succession from spring to early summer in situ. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks[4]. Seedlings transplant badly[4]. An autumn sowing can succeed in areas with mild winters[4]. The seed has a short viability and should not be stored for more than one season[4].

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Cultivation

An easily grown plant, it prefers a sunny position in a well-drained soil.

This species is called Consolida ajacis by some botanists[5]. Larkspur is a greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[6].

Plants resent root disturbance and should not be transplanted[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Consolida ambigua. 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 Consolida ambigua.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Consolida ambigua
Genus
Consolida
Family
Ranunculaceae
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
?
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light 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
    1 x meters
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.2 Coffey. T. The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers. Facts on File. ISBN 0-8160-2624-6 (1993-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.5 Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.4 Phillips. R. & Foy. N. Herbs Pan Books Ltd. London. ISBN 0-330-30725-8 (1990-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.5 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? Diggs, Jnr. G.M.; Lipscomb. B. L. & O'Kennon. R. J [Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas] Botanical Research Institute, Texas. (1999-00-00)
    6. ? Hatfield. A. W. How to Enjoy your Weeds. Frederick Muller Ltd ISBN 0-584-10141-4 (1977-00-00)