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Pachyphragma macrophylla - (Hoffm.)N.Busch.
                 
Common Name
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet beech forests to elevations of 1900 metres in Turkey[187]
Range W. Asia - N.E. Turkey to W. Caucasus. Naturalized in Britain.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade

Summary

Pachyphragma macrophylla


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Pachyphragma macrophylla
   
Physical Characteristics
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Pachyphragma macrophylla is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Mar to April. 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 soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms
Thlaspi macrophyllum

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

It would be worthwhile trying out the leaves of this species for edibility. They are almost certainly not poisonous[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
An excellent weed-smothering ground cover plant for shady areas[200]. The plants have persistent basal rosettes but only achieve full ground cover from mid or late spring until early winter each year[200].
Cultivation details
Requires a leafy soil and a damp shady position[187, 200]. Another report says that it succeeds in dry soils and, once established, tolerates drought[190]. Succeeds in heavy clays[200]. Very shade tolerant[200]. Succeeds in full sun or partial shade[188]. Possibly hardy to about -15°c[187, 200]. Plants have persistent basal rosettes[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow autumn in a greenhouse[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring[200]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Basal cuttings in late spring[200]. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Botanical References
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Elizabeth H.
Denis Dujardin Wed Jul 28 12:34:46 2004
I know Pachyfragma macrophyllum for a long time. As a landscape architect I use it frequently. I gave a lecture few years ago for the Hardy Plant society which is published in their Magazine. I have tasted the leaves and they have an excellent taste. I had no problems afterwards. I presume it is not poisonous at all. I recently made a quite extended edible garden in Flanders, where every plant can be eaten. I was wondering whether you have any chemical references about the plant.

thanks beforehand,

Denis Dujardin Flanders (Belgium)

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