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Paronychia capitata - (L.)Lam.
                 
Common Name Algerian Tea
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry rocky habitats[200].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Paronychia capitata Algerian Tea


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Physical Characteristics
 
Paronychia capitata is an evergreen Perennial.
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.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Ground Cover; Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

An infusion of the flowers is used as a tea[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Aphrodisiac;  Diuretic;  TB.

An infusion of the leaves is aphrodisiac and diuretic[200]. It is also used in the treatment of TB[200].
Other Uses
Especially useful as a ground cover plant with bulbs, covering the soil after the bulbs have flowered[200, 208]. The plants form a low carpet, rooting as they spread, and they should be spaced about 30cm apart each way[208].
Cultivation details
Requires a sunny position succeeding in hot dry soils and tolerating drought once established[190]. Requires a warm open position in full sun, in a sharply drained sandy or gritty soil. If the soil is too rich the plants leaves will not be so silvery[200]. Plants can be grown in a wall[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c, perhaps more if in a perfectly drained soil[200]. This report is a little confusing since the same article says that the plant succeeds in climatic zone 5 and should therefore be hardy in almost all of Britain[K]. This species is closely related to P. argentea but is less tolerant of winter cold and wet conditions[200].
Propagation
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. 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 spring[200].
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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Paronychia argenteaAlgerian Tea11
Paronychia jamesiiNailwort, James' nailwort10
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