The seed is poisonous
. The plant is toxic to grazing mammals
. Most, if not all members of this genus are poisonous, though it is said that the fruit is safe to eat[K]..
There are no edible uses listed for Coriaria microphylla.
A black ink is obtained from the leaves, it can also be used as a dye
. 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
The fruits are hallucinogenic
. When taken internally they provide sensations of flying
Seed - sow February/March in a greenhouse
. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c
. 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.
Division in spring
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Prefers a fairly good loamy soil in a sunny sheltered position
. Succeeds in light shade
A very ornamental plant, it is only hardy in the milder areas of the country, such as S.W. England, where it tolerates temperatures down to about -5°c.
The roots of plants in this genus bear nitrogen-fixing nodules
. Whilst much of the nitrogen will be utilized by the growing plant, some of it will become available for other plants growing nearby[K].
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Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Coriaria microphylla. 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 Coriaria microphylla.
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