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Caragana gerardiana - Royle. ex Benth.
                 
Common Name
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found at elevations of 3700 - 4100 metres in Xizang Province in China.
Range E. Asia - North-western Himalayas to southern Tibet at elevations up to 3,900 metres.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Caragana gerardiana


Caragana gerardiana
   
Physical Characteristics
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Caragana gerardiana is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.It can fix Nitrogen.
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.

Synonyms
Astragalus gerardianus.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Hedge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge.

Plants can be grown as a low impenetrable hedge. They are viciously spiny[200].
Cultivation details
Prefers full sun and a light sandy dry or well-drained soil in a hot position[11, 182, 200]. Does not require a rich soil, succeeding on marginal land[11, 200]. Plants often do not flower well in British gardens, due in large degree to our lack of summer sun[182]. This species prefers a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters, it does not grow well in areas with mild damp winters[11, 200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. It usually germinates in 2 weeks[K]. Stored seed should be pre-soaked for 24 hours in warm water then sown in a cold frame[78, 113, 200]. If the seed has not swollen then scarify it and re-soak for another 12 hours before sowing[138]. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks at 20°c[138]. Good percentage[11]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[113]. Layering in spring.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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