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Toxic parts

The seed is poisonous[1]. The plant is toxic to grazing mammals[2]. Most, if not all members of this genus are poisonous, though it is said that the fruit is safe to eat[K]..

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Coriaria microphylla.

Material uses

A black ink is obtained from the leaves, it can also be used as a dye[3][4]. The bark can also be used, it is rich in tannin. An effective ground cover plant, spreading by rhizomes to form a fern-like colony[5].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The fruits are hallucinogenic[2]. When taken internally they provide sensations of flying[2].

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Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Nitrogen fixer


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Seed - sow February/March in a greenhouse[6]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[7]. 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. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair percentage[6].

Division in spring[5].

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Prefers a fairly good loamy soil in a sunny sheltered position[7][5]. Succeeds in light shade[5].

A very ornamental plant[1], it is only hardy in the milder areas of the country, such as S.W. England[1], where it tolerates temperatures down to about -5°c[5].

The roots of plants in this genus bear nitrogen-fixing nodules[8]. Whilst much of the nitrogen will be utilized by the growing plant, some of it will become available for other plants growing nearby[K].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Coriaria microphylla
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    2. ? Emboden. W. Narcotic Plants Studio Vista ISBN 0-289-70864-8 (1979-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Laing. and Blackwell. Plants of New Zealand. Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd (1907-00-00)
    5. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
    8. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)

    Facts about "Coriaria microphylla"RDF feed
    Article is incompleteYes +
    Article requires citationsNo +
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    Belongs to familyCoriariaceae +
    Belongs to genusCoriaria +
    Functions asGround cover + and Nitrogen fixer +
    Has binomial nameCoriaria microphylla +
    Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
    Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
    Has hardiness zone8 +
    Has lifecycle typePerennial +
    Has material partUnknown part +
    Has material useDye +, Ink + and Tannin +
    Has mature height1.2 +
    Has medicinal partUnknown part +
    Has medicinal useHallucinogenic +
    Has search namecoriaria microphylla +
    Has shade toleranceLight shade +
    Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
    Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy + and Clay +
    Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
    Has sun preferenceFull sun +
    Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
    Has taxonomy nameCoriaria microphylla +
    Has water requirementsmoderate +
    Inhabits ecosystem nicheSoil surface +
    Is deciduous or evergreenDeciduous +
    Is herbaceous or woodyWoody +
    Is taxonomy typeSpecies +
    PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
    PFAF edible use notes migratedYes +
    PFAF material use notes migratedNo +
    PFAF medicinal use notes migratedNo +
    PFAF propagation notes migratedNo +
    PFAF toxicity notes migratedNo +
    Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
    Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
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