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Rubia peregrina - L.                
                 
Common Name Wild Madder
Family Rubiaceae
Synonyms
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hedges, thickets, scrub and stony ground in the south and south-west of Britain[17].
Range Western and southern Europe, including Britain, to N. Africa.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Rubia peregrina is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

USDA hardiness zone : 6-9


Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Rubia peregrina Wild Madder


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Rubia peregrina Wild Madder
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Habitats       
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Hedgerow;
Edible Uses                                         
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Abortifacient;  Aphrodisiac;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue.

Abortifacient, aphrodisiac, diuretic, emmenagogue[46, 61].
Other Uses
Dye.

A red dye is obtained from the roots[4].
Cultivation details                                         
Prefers a loose moist leafy soil in some shade[200]. Tolerates dry soils but quickly becomes scorched when growing in full sun[200]. Plants grown in fertile well-limed soils produce more pigment in the root[169].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed can be very slow to germinate[200]. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for the first year. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring or at any time in the growing season if the divisions are kept well watered until established[200]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
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Author                                         
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Botanical References                                         
17200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[4]Grieve. A Modern Herbal.
Not so modern (1930's?) but lots of information, mainly temperate plants.
[17]Clapham, Tootin and Warburg. Flora of the British Isles.
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
[46]Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants.
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
[61]Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man.
Forget the sexist title, this is one of the best books on the subject. Lists a very extensive range of useful plants from around the world with very brief details of the uses. Not for the casual reader.
[169]Buchanan. R. A Weavers Garden.
Covers all aspects of growing your own clothes, from fibre plants to dyes.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

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