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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Desfontainia spinosa.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Desfontainia spinosa.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are narcotic and have been used medicinally in Chile[1]. More research needs to be carried out into the medicinal virtues of this plant[1]. The sub-species D. spinosa hookeri is usually employed[1].

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Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - surface sow in spring in a greenhouse. Do not allow the compost to become dry. Grow on the seedlings in a bright filtered light[2]. 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, July/August in a frame. Requires humid conditions and bottom heat at 16°c[2]. Overwinter in a cold frame and grow on for another year before planting out[2].

Division of suckers in the dormant season[3].

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Cultivation

Requires a humus-rich moisture-retentive acid soil in a sheltered position in partial shade[2]. Grows well in sandy soils as long as there is plenty of humus present[4]. Intolerant of alkaline soils and of water-logging[3]. Dislikes drought[2]. Plants like growing with their roots in the shade but their stems reaching up into the light[4].

This species is not fully hardy in Britain, plants tolerate temperatures down to about -10°c when sheltered from cold drying winds[2]. They grow best along the west coast of the country, especially in Scotland and N. Ireland[5]. The sub-species D. spinosa hookeri.(Dun.)Reiche. is usually employed for its medicinal virtues[6]. There is at least one named variety selected for its ornamental value[2]. The flowers are softly honey-scented[4]. A slow-growing plant[3].

Any pruning to retain shape is best done in the spring[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Desfontainia spinosa.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

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Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Desfontainia spinosa
Genus
Desfontainia
Family
Loganiaceae
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
8
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
Shade
partial 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

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.3 Emboden. W. Narcotic Plants Studio Vista ISBN 0-289-70864-8 (1979-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.62.72.8 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.2 Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs. Viking. ISBN 0-670-82929-3 (1990-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.2 Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    6. ? Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)

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