Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition
Tender young leaves and shoots - cooked as a vegetable
Root - a rhubarb substitute
. We are not sure if this report refers to the medicinal or edible uses of rhubarb[K].
The root contains 5 - 13% tannin
Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant
The root is purgative
. It is used as a substitute for rhubarb (Rheum spp.)
. A strong decoction of the root is applied to dislocated bones
. A paste of the root is applied to swollen gums
The leaves are used in the treatment of colic. The juice of the leaves is applied externally to relieve headaches.
A decoction of the plant is used to wash the body in order to alleviate body pain
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.
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We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in most soils but prefers a deep fertile moderately heavy soil that is humus-rich, moisture-retentive but well-drained and a position in full-sun or part shade
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