Although no mention has been seen for this species, at least one member of this genus has a root that is rich in saponins
. Although toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm
. They are also broken down by heat so a long slow baking can destroy them. Saponins are found in many plants, including several that are often used for food, such as certain beans. It is advisable not to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K].
There are no edible uses listed for Gypsophila struthium.
The plant contains saponins
. Can these be used as a soap substitute?
The root is alterative, diaphoretic, purgative and tonic
. Although rarely used, this species can be employed in many of the same ways as soapwort, Saponaria officinalis
. It is a valuable remedy, used as an external wash, for the treatment of many skin diseases
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and, if growth is sufficient, plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. If the plants are too small to plant out, grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter and then plant them out in late spring or early summer.
Division in spring or autumn. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Basal cuttings before the plant flowers. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
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Requires a sunny position and a deep soil
. Lime tolerant
. Grows well in a dryish soil
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Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Gypsophila struthium. 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 Gypsophila struthium.
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? 5.05.15.25.3 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
? ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)