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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

An infusion of the flowers is used as a tea[1].

Unknown part

Tea

Material uses

Especially useful as a ground cover plant with bulbs, covering the soil after the bulbs have flowered[2][3]. The plants form a low carpet, rooting as they spread, and they should be spaced about 30cm apart each way[3].
There are no material uses listed for Paronychia capitata.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

An infusion of the leaves is aphrodisiac and diuretic[2]. It is also used in the treatment of TB[2].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. 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. Division in spring[2].

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Cultivation

Requires a sunny position succeeding in hot dry soils and tolerating drought once established[4]. Requires a warm open position in full sun, in a sharply drained sandy or gritty soil. If the soil is too rich the plants leaves will not be so silvery[2]. Plants can be grown in a wall[2].

This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c, perhaps more if in a perfectly drained soil[2]. This report is a little confusing since the same article says that the plant succeeds in climatic zone 5 and should therefore be hardy in almost all of Britain[K].

This species is closely related to P. argentea but is less tolerant of winter cold and wet conditions[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Paronychia capitata. 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 Paronychia capitata.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Paronychia capitata
Genus
Paronychia
Family
Caryophyllaceae
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
no 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. ? 1.01.1 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  2. ? 2.002.012.022.032.042.052.062.072.082.092.10 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.13.2 Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
  4. ? Chatto. B. The Dry Garden. Dent ISBN 0460045512 (1982-00-00)


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Belongs to familyCaryophyllaceae +
Belongs to genusParonychia +
Functions asGround cover +
Has binomial nameParonychia capitata +
Has common nameAlgerian Tea +
Has drought toleranceTolerant +
Has edible partUnknown part +
Has edible useTea +
Has environmental toleranceDrought +
Has fertility typeInsects +
Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
Has hardiness zone5 +
Has lifecycle typePerennial +
Has mature height0.03 +
Has mature width0.3 +
Has medicinal partUnknown part +
Has medicinal useAphrodisiac +, Diuretic + and TB +
Has search nameparonychia capitata + and algerian tea +
Has shade toleranceNo shade +
Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
Has soil texture preferenceSandy + and Loamy +
Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
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Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
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