A tea made from the leaves is aperient, astringent and diuretic. It is used as a wash on swellings and poison ivy rash. A tea made from the plant is used in the treatment of jaundice. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of gonorrhoea and diarrhoea.The fruit is useful in treating fevers.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm taken at a node (ensure that it has at least 2 true buds), July/August in a frame. Easy to root but they do not always survive the first winter. Basal hardwood cuttings of current seasons growth, 10 - 12 cm long, autumn in a frame.Layering. Plants often self-layer.
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Dormant plants are hardy to about -25°c, though the young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. A very ornamental plant, it is self-supporting on walls by means of adhesive tendrils. Very fast growing, though it often does not grow very much in its first year or two after planting out. When established, it can send out new growth 6 metres long in a year. The plant can, however, become a nuisance by climbing into gutters. Plants are very tolerant of trimming and can be cut right back to the base if required to rejuvenate the plant. Any pruning is best carried out in the spring. The fruit is normally only produced after a long hot summer.There are several named varieties.
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