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Galax urceolata - (Poir.)Brummitt.                
                 
Common Name Beetleweed
Family Diapensiaceae
Synonyms G. aphylla. non L.
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist open woodland, particularly in montane areas, to altitudes of 1500 metres[200].
Range South-eastern N. America.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Galax urceolata is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone 5. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

USDA hardiness zone : Coming soon


Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers dry or moist soil.

Galax urceolata Beetleweed


William S. Justice @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Galax urceolata Beetleweed
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. 2: 707.
   
Habitats       
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses                                         
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Kidney;  Vulnerary.

The plant is used for healing all kinds of wounds and cuts[207]. An infusion of the root is used to treat kidney problems[257].
Other Uses
An attractive ground cover, the leaves turn bronze-red in winter[200]. Plants should be spaced about 25cm apart each way[208].
Cultivation details                                         
Requires a moist humus-rich lime-free soil with part day shade[200]. Succeeds in full shade[208]. Plants can succeed in the dry shade of trees[233]. Succeeds in the woodland garden, large rock gardens or as an edging for shady paths[200]. Plants like an annual mulch of pine needles or other acid organic matter each spring[200].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - sow early spring or autumn in a shaded cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position 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. Division with care in early spring[200].
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Expert comment                                         
 
      
Author                                         
(Poir.)Brummitt.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[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.
[207]Coffey. T. The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers.
A nice read, lots of information on plant uses.
[208]Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover
An excellent detailled book on the subject, very comprehensive.
[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.
[257]Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.

Readers comment                                         
 
Elizabeth H.
Mon Feb 26 2007
I have been researching Galax for the last two days , and found paydirt/, my reason for research is Storyteller Ray Hicks pulling Galax, I was born 5 miles from the area and did not know what Galax was , and I knew alot of medicinal herbs , ./
Elizabeth H.
SARA Wed May 21 2008
Need folklore about the plant E mail me when you get it KREITZER@AOL.COM
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