Regular ingestion of large quantities of these plants can be dangerous due to their high mineral content
. This report, which seems nonsensical, might refer to calcium oxalate. This mineral is found in I. capensis and so is probably also in other members of the genus. It can be harmful raw but is destroyed by thoroughly cooking or drying the plant[K]. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet
Young shoots - cooked in one change of water
. Some caution is advised, see the notes on toxicity at the top of the record.
Seed - raw or cooked
. They are tedious to collect in quantity
, mainly because of their exploding seed capsules which scatter the ripe seed at the slightest touch[K].
A yellow dye is obtained from the plant
. No more details are given.
Used as a hair rinse for itchy scalps. No more details are given.
A fungicide is obtained from the plant
. No more details are given but it is likely to be the juice of the plant that is used.
Antidote, parasiticide. Used in the treatment of warts, ringworm, nettle stings, poison ivy rash etc
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
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Succeeds in any reasonably good soil
. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist well-drained humus rich soil in a cool site
This plant has seed capsules that spring open forcibly as the seed ripens to eject the seed a considerable distance. The capsules are sensitive to touch even before the seed is ripe, making seed collection difficult but fun[K].
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? 4.04.1 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
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