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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Echinops ritro.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Echinops ritro.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root is anti-inflammatory and galactogogue[1]. It is used in the treatment of breast abscesses with inflammation, mastitis, lack of milk in nursing mothers and distension of the breast[1].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame[2]. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 9 weeks at 25°c[3]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

The seed can also be sown in an outdoor seedbed in mid spring and is then planted out into its permanent position in late summer or the autumn[2]. Division in autumn[2].

Root cuttings in the winter[4].

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Cultivation

Succeeds in a sunny position in any well drained soil of low or medium fertility[4]. Established plants are drought tolerant[5].

There are a number of named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[4].

The flowers are often used for dried flower displays[4]. If all the flowers are removed early in the season, the plant will often produce a second flush of bloom later in the summer[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Echinops ritro.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Echinops ritro
Genus
Echinops
Family
Compositae
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
3
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
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. ? 1.01.11.2 Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles (1985-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.2 Sanders. T. W. Popular Hardy Perennials. Collingridge (1926-00-00)
  3. ? Bird. R. (Editor) Focus on Plants. Volume 5. (formerly 'Growing from seed') Thompson and Morgan. (1991-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.5 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  5. ? Chatto. B. The Dry Garden. Dent ISBN 0460045512 (1982-00-00)
  6. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)

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