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Orthilia secunda - (L.)House.
                 
Common Name Sidebells Wintergreen
Family Pyrolaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp coniferous woods and on damp rock ledges[17, 200].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to the Pyrenees and Asia. N. America.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Orthilia secunda Sidebells Wintergreen


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Orthilia secunda Sidebells Wintergreen
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Physical Characteristics
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Orthilia secunda is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Pyrola secunda. L.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Seed[172]. No more details are given. The leaves are occasionally used as a tea[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Ophthalmic.

A strong decoction of the root has been used as an eye wash[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a moist sandy woodland soil[111, 200] in a cool position with partial shade[1, 11, 200]. Requires a peaty or leafy but not very acid soil that remains moist in the summer[31, 187]. This is a very difficult plant to grow. It requires a mycorrhizal relationship in the soil and therefore needs to be grown initially in soil collected from around an established plant[200]. It is also very difficult from seed as well as being intolerant of root disturbance which makes division difficult[1].
Propagation
Seed - the only information we have on this species is that it is difficult from seed and germinates infrequently[200]. We would suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible. Sow it into soil collected from around an established plant, only just covering the seed, and put the pot in a shady part of a cold frame. Pot up any young seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle, once again using soil from around an established plant. Plant out into their permanent positions when the plants are large enough. You should not need to use soil from around an established plant to do this since the soil in the pot will contain the necessary micorrhiza. Division with great care in the spring[1, 111]. Pot up the divisions using some soil from around an established plant, grow on in a lightly shaded part of a greenhouse or frame and do not plant out until the plants are growing away vigorously[200].

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
Erik Wassenich Sun Aug 13 2006
Orthilia secunda is very plentiful in western Russia, mostly in mixed pine/birch forests having very long roots. New shoots come up from the roots. When one finds one plant, there are dozens around it from the same root maze. In Russia it is considered good to take by women to treat or prevent urological roblems, for men to have a healthy prostate, etc.
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