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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves - cooked[1]. Used as a vegetable[2]. Root - cooked[1][3]. Used as a vegetable[2]. Nutritious[4].

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Crambe kotschyana.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Antipruritic[3].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a seedbed outdoors and either thin the plants out or move them to their permanent positions when about 10cm tall[5]. The young plants are very attractive to slugs so some protection will often be needed.

Germination can be slow so it is best to sow the seed in pots in a cold frame[6]. Germination usually takes place in 3 - 26 weeks at 15°c[6]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out into their permanent positions when they are at least 10cm tall. Division in spring or autumn[7][5]. Dig up the root clump and cut off as many sections as you require, making sure they all have at least one growing point. The larger of these divisions can be planted out straight into their permanent positions, though small ones are best potted up and grown on in a cold frame until they are established.

Root cuttings, 3 - 10 cm long, in spring[8]. These can be planted straight into the open ground or you can pot them up in the greenhouse and plant them out once they are growing strongly.

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Cultivation

An easily grown plant, succeeding in a good loam and an open sunny position[7]. Prefers a slightly alkaline soil in a position sheltered from strong winds[9]. Tolerates poor soil and some shade[9]. Dislikes acid soils[7]. Prefers a rather dry soil[10].

Plants are hardy to about -20°c[10]. A deep-rooted plant[11], it dislikes root disturbance[6]. Plants can be grown in the summer meadow if the grass is not cut too low (since this would damage the growing point)[9]. A good bee plant[4].

Very closely related to C. cordifolia[9] and considered by some botanists to be no more than a variety of that species, differing mainly in its larger flowers[7].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Crambe kotschyana. 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 Crambe kotschyana.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Crambe kotschyana
Genus
Crambe
Family
Brassicaceae
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
7
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
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.3 Polunin. O. and Stainton. A. Flowers of the Himalayas. Oxford Universtiy Press (1984-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.3 [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.3 Singh. Dr. G. and Kachroo. Prof. Dr. P. Forest Flora of Srinagar. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh (1976-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.2 Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Sanders. T. W. Popular Hardy Perennials. Collingridge (1926-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.2 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.3 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    8. ? RHS. The Garden. Volume 111. Royal Horticultural Society (1986-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.19.29.39.4 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
    11. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)