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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

It would be worthwhile trying out the leaves of this species for edibility. They are almost certainly not poisonous[K].

Leaves

Material uses

An excellent weed-smothering ground cover plant for shady areas[1]. The plants have persistent basal rosettes but only achieve full ground cover from mid or late spring until early winter each year[1].
There are no material uses listed for Pachyphragma macrophylla.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Pachyphragma macrophylla.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow autumn in a greenhouse[1]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

Division in spring[1]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

Basal cuttings in late spring[1]. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. 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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Cultivation

Requires a leafy soil and a damp shady position[2][1]. Another report says that it succeeds in dry soils and, once established, tolerates drought[3]. Succeeds in heavy clays[1]. Very shade tolerant[1]. Succeeds in full sun or partial shade[4].

Possibly hardy to about -15°c[2][1].

Plants have persistent basal rosettes[1].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Pachyphragma macrophylla. 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 Pachyphragma macrophylla.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Pachyphragma macrophylla
Genus
Pachyphragma
Family
Brassicaceae
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
partial sun
Shade
permanent 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
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.001.011.021.031.041.051.061.071.081.091.101.11 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
  3. ? Chatto. B. The Dry Garden. Dent ISBN 0460045512 (1982-00-00)
  4. ? Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)