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Uses

Toxic parts

Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, some members of this genus are believed to have poisonous fruits and seeds.

Edible uses

Notes

Young shoots - cooked[1]. They can be used as an asparagus substitute. Root - cooked[1]. Rich in starch.

Leaves

Material uses

Plants can be grown as a ground cover when spaced about 25cm apart each way[2].
There are no material uses listed for Polygonatum falcatum.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Energizer, tonic. Used to remove freckles[3].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early autumn in a shady part of a cold greenhouse[4]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. Germination can be slow, they may not come true to type[4] and it takes a few years for them to reach a good size. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position 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 March or October. 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.

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Cultivation

Prefers a fertile humus rich moisture retentive well-drained soil in cool shade or semi-shade[4]. Plants are intolerant of heat and drought but tolerate most other conditions[4]. Thrives in dry shade as long as the soil is rich in humus, the plant is also fairly drought tolerant[5].

Requires a mulch protection for the roots in areas where winter temperatures go below -10°c[4]. The rhizomes are shortly-creeping, the plant forming clumps[6]. This species is often grown mistakenly as P. pumilum[4]. P. humile is often mistakenly grown as this species[6]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[7]. Young shoots are very attractive to slugs[K].

Hybridizes with other members of this genus[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Polygonatum falcatum. 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 Polygonatum falcatum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Polygonatum falcatum
Genus
Polygonatum
Family
Convallariaceae
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
6
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

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References

  1. ? 1.01.11.2 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Kariyone. T. Atlas of Medicinal Plants. ()
  4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.54.64.7 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  5. ? Chatto. B. The Dry Garden. Dent ISBN 0460045512 (1982-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
  7. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
  8. ? Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)

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