The whole plant is poisonous
There are no edible uses listed for Consolida ambigua.
The seed is insecticidal
. A tincture made from the seed is said to be effective against hair nits
. There is uncertainty as to whether the insecticidal effect is due to the oil or alkaloids in the seed
The seed contains 39% of a fixed oil, though the report does not say if this is ever exploited
Larkspur formerly had a reputation for its ability to consolidate and heal wounds
, 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
. 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
. A tincture of the seed is applied externally to kill lice in the hair
Seed - sow in succession from spring to early summer in situ. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks
. Seedlings transplant badly
. An autumn sowing can succeed in areas with mild winters
. The seed has a short viability and should not be stored for more than one season
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An easily grown plant, it prefers a sunny position in a well-drained soil.
This species is called Consolida ajacis by some botanists.
Larkspur is a greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes.
Plants resent root disturbance and should not be transplanted
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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.
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