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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Verbascum nigrum.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Verbascum nigrum.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The flowers and leaves are anodyne, antiseptic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, expectorant, pectoral and vulnerary[1][2]. An infusion is used internally in the treatment of various respiratory complaints including coughs, bronchitis, asthma and throat irritations[2].

An infusion of the fresh or dried flowers in olive oil is used to treat earaches, sores, wounds, boils etc[2].

The plant is harvested when in flower and should be dried quickly and with care or it will lose its medicinal qualities[2].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow late spring to early summer in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[3]. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in late summer. The seed has a long viability[3]. Division in spring. This plant is a short-lived perennial that grows away very well from seed, so we do not try and divide it.

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Cultivation

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most well-drained soils, including dry ones, preferring a sunny position[4][3]. Dislikes shade and wet soils[5][3]. Plants only really thrive when they are grown on chalky soils[3]. Prefers a light soil[3].

This species is fairly reliably perennial[3], but only when grown on light or medium soils[4]. A very ornamental plant, it often self-sows[6][4].

Hybridizes with other members of this genus, though the progeny are usually sterile[3].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Verbascum nigrum. 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 Verbascum nigrum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

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Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Verbascum nigrum
Genus
Verbascum
Family
Scrophulariaceae
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
full sun
Shade
no shade
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
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.1 Lust. J. The Herb Book. Bantam books ISBN 0-553-23827-2 (1983-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.4 Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.53.63.73.8 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.2 Sanders. T. W. Popular Hardy Perennials. Collingridge (1926-00-00)
    5. ? RHS. The Garden. Volume 113. Royal Horticultural Society (1988-00-00)
    6. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    7. ? Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press (1962-00-00)

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