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Bomarea edulis - (Tuss.)Herb.
                 
Common Name
Family Alstroemeriaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found in mountains, in oak woodlands to tropical woodlands. Disturbed areas and forests from sea level to 3000 metres.
Range C. and S. America - Mexico to Peru.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Bomarea edulis


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Bomarea edulis
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Physical Characteristics
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Bomarea edulis is a PERENNIAL CLIMBER growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Aug to October, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
B. hirtella. (HBK.)Herb.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Tuber - cooked[1, 22, 46, 61, 177]. When boiled the roots make a light and delicate food[2]. Rich in starch, a cream made from this farinaceous matter is wholesome and very agreeable to the taste[2].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Requires a warm sunny position and a well-drained slightly acid soil[1, 200]. Succeeds in any good soil in sun or partial shade[187]. One report says that plants are possibly hardy in the milder areas of Britain[1]. However a plant has been growing in an outdoor bed at Kew in light woodland for at least 4 years (1992) where it has flowered and produced seed in most years[K]. Another report says that it is hardy to about -10°c[187]. Plants prefer a minimum night temperature of 10°c[138]. Keep the plants almost dry in winter[138] and apply a good thick organic mulch to the roots[200]. The mulch should be removed as growth commences in the spring because the young shoots are very susceptible to slug damage[K]. The edible roots are sold in local markets in S. America[2]. The tubers should be planted about 15cm deep n the soil[233]. This genus is closely related to Alstroemeria species[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse, it will germinate in a few weeks[1]. Stratify stored seed for 3 weeks at 20°c, then 3 weeks at 5°c[138]. It usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 20°c[138]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring, with care since the roots are brittle. Each portion must have some roots and a growth bud[1]. Pot up the divisions, grow them on in the greenhouse until they are well established and then plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer or late spring of the following year.

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Conservation Status
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