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Parnassia palustris - L.
                 
Common Name Grass Of Parnassus, Marsh grass of Parnassus, Mountain grass of Parnassus, Alaska grass of Parnass
Family Parnassiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet moorland, marshes and raised bogs to quite a high altitude[7, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, Greece and temperate Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Parnassia palustris Grass Of Parnassus,  Marsh grass of Parnassus,  Mountain grass of Parnassus, Alaska grass of Parnass


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Parnassia palustris Grass Of Parnassus,  Marsh grass of Parnassus,  Mountain grass of Parnassus, Alaska grass of Parnass
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Physical Characteristics
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Parnassia palustris is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jul to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, 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 alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Astringent;  Diuretic;  Ophthalmic;  Sedative;  Tonic;  Vulnerary.

The whole plant is astringent, slightly diuretic, sedative, tonic and vulnerary[7, 9]. A decoction is occasionally used as a mouthwash in the treatment of stomatitis[7]. The dried and powdered plant can be sprinkled onto wounds to aid the healing process[7]. The plant is harvested in the summer or autumn and can be dried for later use[7]. A distilled water made from the plant is an excellent astringent eye lotion[7].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in moist peaty soils or in spongy bogs[1]. Requires an alkaline soil[200]. Plants can be naturalized in marshy grass[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe in late autumn in a cold frame in pots of soil that are standing in shallow water. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Genyphyr Sun Apr 6 2008

Flickr photos Parnassie des Marais -- a very good photo of this plant

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