The resin in the sap can cause skin irritation
There are no edible uses listed for Thapsia garganica.
Yields a resin that is used in plasters
. No further details are given.
The root is diuretic, emetic and purgative
. A resin is extracted with alcohol from the bark of the root
. The plant has been considered specific in treating pain, though caution is advised since it is poisonous to some mammals
. The plant is also strongly rubefacient, producing blisters and intense itching
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[K]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
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We have very little information on this species, it probably requires a well drained light fertile soil in a sunny position.
One report says that it is not hardy in Britain requiring greenhouse or half-hardy treatment
. We have grown it in the past in Cornwall, it survived 3 winters in a cold greenhouse with us before succumbing to slugs.
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Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Thapsia garganica. 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 Thapsia garganica.
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