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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Lagerstroemia indica.

Material uses

Wood - hard. A useful timber[1].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The stem bark is febrifuge, stimulant and styptic[2][3].

The bark, flowers and leaves are considered to be hydrogogue and a drastic purgative[3]. A paste of the flowers is applied externally to cuts and wounds[4]. The root is astringent, detoxicant and diuretic[5][2].

A decoction of the flowers is used in the treatment of colds[2].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a greenhouse[6]. Another report says to sow spring in a greenhouse[7]. 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, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair to good percentage[6]. Cuttings of mature wood in the winter in a frame[7].

Root cuttings 4cm long in December. High percentage[6].

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Cultivation

Succeeds in most well-drained soils in a sunny sheltered position[8][7]. Succeeds in a hot dry position. Succeeds in soils low in nutrients[7]. Dislikes very alkaline soils[9].

Dormant plants are hardy to about -10°c if the wood is well ripened[8]. They require very hot and humid summers and preferably the protection of a south facing wall if they are to flower in Britain[10][11]. Plants are hardy in a very sunny position in southern England but they only flower in consistently warm summers[12]. Plants are much hardier when the wood is thoroughly ripened by the sun[13][7]. A very ornamental plant[14], there are many named varieties[7]. Flowers are produced in broad panicles on the tips of the current years growth[15]. Any pruning is best carried out in the spring in order to encourage new growth[15]. Young plants grow fairly quickly and will often flower in their first year after planting out[15]. Plants do not transplant well and should be moved with a large rootball[7].

This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[7].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

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Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Lagerstroemia indica
Genus
Lagerstroemia
Family
Lythraceae
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
7
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no 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
    5 x 5 meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.1 Gamble. J. S. A Manual of Indian Timbers. Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh (1972-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.3 Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.2 Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-527-6 (2002-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 ? A Barefoot Doctors Manual. Running Press ISBN 0-914294-92-X ()
    6. ? 6.06.16.2 Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.37.47.57.67.77.8 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
    9. ? Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs. Viking. ISBN 0-670-82929-3 (1990-00-00)
    10. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    11. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2 Pan Books, London. ISBN 0-330-37376-5 (1998-00-00)
    12. ? 12.012.1 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    13. ? Taylor. J. The Milder Garden. Dent (1990-00-00)
    14. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    15. ? 15.015.115.2 Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls Collins ISBN 0-00-219220-0 (1983-00-00)

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