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Aster amellus - L.                
                 
Common Name Ialian Aster
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
Synonyms A. amelloides. Besser. A. trinervius. Roxb.
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Scrub and wood margins.[50] Marshy places and lake sides[178], mainly on limestone soils[200].
Range Europe to E. Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Aster amellus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Sep to October, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, lepidoptera, self.The plant is self-fertile.


USDA hardiness zone : Coming soon


Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Aster amellus Ialian Aster


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Aster amellus Ialian Aster
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Habitats       
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves and young plants - cooked[177]. Only certain varieties (not specified in the report) are used[177]. A nutritional analysis is available[218].
Composition                                         
Figures in grams (g) or miligrams (mg) per 100g of food.
Leaves (Dry weight)
  • 305 Calories per 100g
  • Water : 0%
  • Protein: 32.8g; Fat: 5.5g; Carbohydrate: 50g; Fibre: 8.6g; Ash: 11.7g;
  • Minerals - Calcium: 328mg; Phosphorus: 594mg; Iron: 31mg; Magnesium: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Potassium: 4164mg; Zinc: 0mg;
  • Vitamins - A: 26mg; Thiamine (B1): 1.41mg; Riboflavin (B2): 2.81mg; Niacin: 8.59mg; B6: 0mg; C: 688mg;
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  • Notes:
Medicinal Uses


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Antiinflammatory;  Antitussive;  Depurative;  Haemostatic;  Pectoral.

The roots are anti-inflammatory, antitussive, depurative, haemostatic and pectoral[61, 147].They are used in the treatment of coughs, pulmonary affections and malaria[240]. The root juice is used internally in Nepal to treat indigestion and externally to treat boils[272].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Succeeds in most good garden soils[1], preferring one that is well-drained and moisture retentive[200]. Tolerates poorer soils[233]. Prefers a sunny position[200] but also succeeds in part shade[233]. Plants are hardy to about -25°c[187]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are some named varieties[233]. A polymorphic species[50], it hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - surface sow in spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to become dry. Pre-chilling the seed for two weeks can improve germination rates[134]. The seed usually germinates in 2 weeks at 20°c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn[200].
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Author                                         
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Botanical References                                         
50200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[1]F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[50]? Flora Europaea
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.
[61]Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man.
Forget the sexist title, this is one of the best books on the subject. Lists a very extensive range of useful plants from around the world with very brief details of the uses. Not for the casual reader.
[134]Rice. G. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 2.
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation. An interesting article on Ensete ventricosum.
[147]? A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
[177]Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption.
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
[178]Stuart. Rev. G. A. Chinese Materia Medica.
A translation of an ancient Chinese herbal. Fascinating.
[187]Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2.
Photographs of over 3,000 species and cultivars of ornamental plants together with brief cultivation notes, details of habitat etc.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[218]Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
[233]Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants
A concise guide to a wide range of perennials. Lots of cultivation guides, very little on plant uses.
[240]Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
[272]Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.

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