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Crambe orientalis - L.
                 
Common Name
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Fields, hills, dry slopes, rocky places and clay soils[74].
Range Europe - E. Mediterranean to W. Asia - Iran.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Crambe orientalis


Crambe orientalis
   
Physical Characteristics
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Crambe orientalis is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 1.2 m (4ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in June, and the seeds ripen in August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root;  Stem.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

Leaves - cooked. Immature flowering stems - raw or cooked and used like broccoli[2, 74, 105, 183]. Root - cooked. It is very thick and can be used as a horseradish substitute[2, 105, 183].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
An easily grown species, succeeding in a good loam and an open sunny position[1]. Prefers a slightly alkaline soil in a position sheltered from strong winds[200]. Tolerates poor soil and some shade[200]. Dislikes acid soils[1]. Prefers a rather dry soil[187]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. A deep-rooted plant[233], it dislikes root disturbance[164].
Propagation
Seed - sow March/April in a seedbed outdoors and either thin the plants out or move them to their permanent positions when about 10cm tall[111]. The young plants are very attractive to slugs so some protection will often be needed. Germination can be slow so it is best to sow the seed in pots in a cold frame[164]. Germination usually takes place in 3 - 26 weeks at 15°c[164]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out into their permanent positions when they are at least 10cm tall. Division in spring or autumn[1, 111]. Dig up the root clump and cut off as many sections as you require, making sure they all have at least one growing point. The larger of these divisions can be planted out straight into their permanent positions, though small ones are best potted up and grown on in a cold frame until they are established. Root cuttings, 3 - 10 cm long, in spring[104]. These can be planted straight into the open ground or you can pot them up in the greenhouse and plant them out once they are growing strongly.

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Conservation Status
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