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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw or cooked in soups and stews[1][2][3]. Juicy with a cucumber flavour[4], they are reported to be slightly cathartic when growing in certain areas only[4]. The fruit is laxative if eaten in large quantities according to another report[3]. The oval berry is up to 15mm long[5].

Tender young shoots - raw in salads or cooked like asparagus[6][4][7]. A cucumber-like flavour[3][4].

Root - raw. It is sometimes used in salads for its cucumber flavour[1][6][4].

Fruit

Leaves

Material uses

The plant has been tied to the clothes, body or hair and used as a scent[7].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The fruit is cathartic[3][8].

An infusion of the stems and fruit has been used to treat 'sickness in general'[7]. The plant is tonic[7]. An infusion of the whole plant has been used to treat stomach complaints and loss of appetite[7]. A compound infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of spitting up of blood, kidney problems and gonorrhoea[7]. The root has been chewed in order to induce labour in cases of protracted delay[7].

A compound infusion of the root has been used as an analgesic in the treatment of internal pain[7].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[9]. Sow stored seed in a cold frame as soon as it is received. The seed, especially if it has been stored, can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking 18 months or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a shady part of the greenhouse or cold frame. It will normally take 2 or more growing seasons before the roots are large enough to plant out - this is best done when the plant is dormant in the autumn. Division as the plant comes into growth in early spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for their first year, planting them out in the following spring.

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Cultivation

Requires a cool leafy soil in shade or partial shade[10]. Thrives in a moist light soil containing organic matter[11].

Hardy to at least -20°c.

A polymorphic species, there are many sub-species[12].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Streptopus amplexifolius. 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 Streptopus amplexifolius.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Streptopus amplexifolius
Genus
Streptopus
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
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
partial sun
Shade
permanent shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
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    Flower Type











    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 Yanovsky. E. Food Plants of the N. American Indians. Publication no. 237. U.S. Depf of Agriculture. ()
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.5 Schofield. J. J. Discovering Wild Plants - Alaska, W. Canada and the Northwest. ()
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.5 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Britton. N. L. Brown. A. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada Dover Publications. New York. ISBN 0-486-22642-5 (1970-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.2 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    7. ? 7.007.017.027.037.047.057.067.077.087.097.10 Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Coffey. T. The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers. Facts on File. ISBN 0-8160-2624-6 (1993-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.1 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    10. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
    11. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    12. ? 12.012.1 Fernald. M. L. Gray's Manual of Botany. American Book Co. (1950-00-00)
    13. ? ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)