Although no reports of toxicity have been seen, we have some reservations on this root, particularly as it gets old, because of its recorded use as an insecticide.
Root - raw or cooked
. A pleasant taste
. The young roots in spring are the best, but roots can also be eaten at other times of the year
. Only the young roots should be used
. (Does this mean that the older roots can be harmful? See the notes above on toxicity)
Leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked
The water from boiling up old roots is used as an insecticide
There are no medicinal uses listed for Cymopterus acaulis.
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible in a greenhouse. As soon as 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.
Division in spring or autumn might be possible.
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We have almost no information on the needs of this species and do not know if it is hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should outdoors in many parts of the country. We suggest growing it in a sunny position in a well-drained light or medium soil[K].
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Cymopterus acaulis. 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 Cymopterus acaulis.
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Material uses & Functions
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Native Geographical Range
Root Zone Tendancy
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