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Frasera caroliniensis - Walter.
                 
Common Name American Columbo
Family Gentianaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry soils[235].
Range Eastern N. America - New York to Ontario and Wisconsin, south to Georgia and Tennessee.
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Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Frasera caroliniensis American Columbo


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Frasera caroliniensis American Columbo
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 15.
   
Physical Characteristics
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Frasera caroliniensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 2.5 m (8ft 2in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Swertia caroliniensis

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Bitter;  Cathartic;  Emetic;  Poultice;  Stimulant;  Tonic.

The powdered plant is applied externally to ulcers as a poultice[207]. The plant is a feeble simple bitter[207]. The root is cathartic, emetic, stimulant and tonic[4, 207, 212]. When dried it is a simple bitter that can be used as a digestive tonic in a similar way to gentian root (Gentiana spp), but the fresh root is cathartic and emetic[4]. The root is used in the treatment of dysentery, stomach complaints and a lack of appetite[257]. It should be harvested in the autumn of its second year, or the spring of its third year[4].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Requires a moist but well-drained position and a stony peaty soil[1, 200]. Requires an acidic soil[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -12°c[200]. Plants can be grown in a woodland garden[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the 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. Division in late winter[200].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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