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Asperula cynanchica - L.

Common Name Squinancy Wort
Family Rubiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry calcareous pastures and calcareous dunes[17].
Range Central and southeastern Europe, including Britain, to the Caucasus.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Asperula cynanchica Squinancy Wort


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Asperula cynanchica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from Jun to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: 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 dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The plant was at one time esteemed as a remedy for quinsy, but it is no longer used in herbal medicine[4].

Other Uses

Dye.

A red dye is obtained from the root[4].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in almost any soil, including dry ones[1]. Prefers a well-drained moisture retentive soil in sun or semi-shade[200].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring to early summer in a light position in a cold frame[134]. 2 weeks pre-chilling improves the germination rate[134]. The seed usually germinates in 1 month at 10°c[134]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or early summer[200]. Basal cuttings of soft young shoots in early summer[200].

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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 :

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