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Apocynum venetum - L.                
                 
Common Name
Family Apocynaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[1, 62].
Habitats Swamps, wet places and maritime sands[1, 50].
Range S. Europe. N. Africa - Syria.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Apocynum venetum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower in August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
A. sibiricum. Trachomitum venetum. (L.)Woodson.
Apocynum venetum


Apocynum venetum
   
Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Cardiotonic;  Diuretic;  Hypotensive.

The leaves or the whole herb is cardiotonic, diuretic and hypotensive[176, 218]. It is used in the treatment of hypertensive headache, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, oliguria and nephritic oedema[176]. It increases the renal blood flow and can be used for renal and cardiac oedema and ascites of liver cirrhosis[176].
Other Uses
Fibre.

The bark yields a fibre that is used for making twine, bags, linen etc[46, 61]. It can be harvested after the leaves fall in autumn but is probably at its best as the seed pods are forming[169].
Cultivation details                                         
Succeeds in sun or shade in most well-drained but moisture-retentive soils[1, 200]. Plants can be invasive[200]. The flowers are attractive to bees.
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in late summer and overwintered outdoors. The seed requires a period of cold stratification if it is to germinate well[238]. Prick out the seedlings when large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting out in late spring of the following year[K]. Division in spring just before active growth begins[200]. Plants can also be divided in the autumn[238].
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cynthia M.
Mar 21 2011 12:00AM
Apocynum venetum, also known as bluish dogbane (not to be confused with blue dogbane that grows in texas, US) has been very helpful to me for a benign cardiac arrhythmia I have suffered from since 6 years of age due to a scar on the heart. It is relaxing, soothing to the stomach, and I find it a completely benign herb. I often combine it with gynostemma pentaphyllum (jiao gu lan) for a very invigorating tea. apocynum venetum or bluish dogbane lowers the blood pressure and calms the heart.
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