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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Young leaves - raw or cooked[1]. Not very palatable[2].

Leaves

Material uses

The root can be used as an alum substitute, this is a mordant used in fixing dyes[2]. The root is rich in tannin, is this the active ingredient that acts as a mordant?[2].

The plant can be crushed and then rubbed on the hair as a tonic to make it grow[3].

A good ground cover plant for the woodland garden[4]. Plants should be spaced about 45cm apart each way[5].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root is antiphlogistic, antiseptic, astringent, febrifuge and ophthalmic[1][2]. An infusion has been used in the treatment of liver complaints and sore throats[3]. A small piece of the cleaned and peeled root has been chewed to treat sore mouths and gums[3]. A poultice of the mashed root, combined with the pitch from Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) has been used to treat wounds[3]. The poultice was covered with a cloth and, when it was taken off, all the poison was extracted from the open wound[3]. The chewed leaves or roots have also been used on their own as a dressing on wounds[3].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a warm greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination is usually fairly rapid. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer.

The seed can also be sown in the middle of spring in an outdoor seedbed and planted out in early summer. Alternatively, you can sow the seed in an outdoor seedbed in the middle of summer for planting out in the following spring.

Division in March or October[6][7]. It is best to divide the plants in August or early September, making sure that the woody roots are planted quite deeply with only the crown of foliage above the ground[8].

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Cultivation

Succeeds in any good sweet garden soil that does not dry out in spring[6]. Prefers full sun but tolerates partial shade[6][7]. Prefers a well-drained fairly rich and not too heavy soil[7].

Plants are hardy to about -15°c[9].

Closely related to H. glabra[4], it is apt to hybridize with other members of this genus[7].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Heuchera micrantha.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Heuchera micrantha
Genus
Heuchera
Family
Saxifragaceae
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
5
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
    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 Sweet. M. Common Edible and Useful Plants of the West. Naturegraph Co. ISBN 0-911010-54-8 (1962-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.6 Schofield. J. J. Discovering Wild Plants - Alaska, W. Canada and the Northwest. ()
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.53.63.7 Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.3 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.3 Sanders. T. W. Popular Hardy Perennials. Collingridge (1926-00-00)
    8. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
    9. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
    10. ? Munz. A California Flora. University of California Press (1959-00-00)

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