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Penthorum sedoides - L.
                 
Common Name Virginian Stonecrop, Ditch stonecrop
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Low wet ground[43]. Ditches and swamps[235].
Range N. America - New Brunswick to Florida, west to Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Texas.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Penthorum sedoides Virginian Stonecrop, Ditch stonecrop


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Penthorum sedoides Virginian Stonecrop, Ditch stonecrop
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Physical Characteristics
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Penthorum sedoides is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Pond; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked[257]. Used as a potherb[257].
Medicinal Uses


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Astringent;  Demulcent;  Laxative;  Tonic.

A tincture of the plant is somewhat astringent, demulcent, laxative and tonic[4, 61, 222]. The plant is noted for its effectiveness in treating catarrhal problems of many kinds and has also been used successfully in treating diarrhoea, haemorrhoids and infantile cholera[4]. The seeds have been used in making cough syrups[222, 257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Suitable for the waterside or shallow water[1]. This species is included in the family Crassulaceae by some botanists and placed in its own family by others[1].
Propagation
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in pots that are standing in about 3cm of water as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on shallow water in the cold frame 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.
Sidney Mitchell Mon Sep 17 2007
I saw this plant in a swamp last week and the three fronds of fruits at the top where a stunning deep coral color. At first I thought they were flowers, then realized they were capsules with a flower shape. The color in the sun was really unlike anything I have ever seen. Why don't we hear about this plant. None of the books I have say anything more about the seedpods or fruits other than that they are 'interesting'.
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