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Asphodelus aestivus - Brot.

Common Name
Family Asphodelaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky places, hills, dry places[89] and on poor uncultivated ground[42].
Range S. Europe. N. Africa. W. Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Asphodelus aestivus


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Asphodelus aestivus is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. 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 and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

A. microcarpus. A. ramosus.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root;  Seed;  Stem.
Edible Uses:

Tuber - cooked[4]. Rich in starch[89, 177]. Dried and boiled in water it yields a mucilaginous matter which can be mixed with grain to make a nutritious bread[4, 105]. Boiling destroys the acrid principle in the tubers[4], rendering them quite pleasant to eat[K]. Flowering stalk - cooked[89, 148]. Seed - roasted[89, 148].

Medicinal Uses



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Acrid;  Antispasmodic;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue.

The root, gathered at the end of its first year, is acrid, antispasmodic, diuretic, emmenagogue[4]. It was used in the treatment of several diseases by the Greeks and Romans, but is not employed in modern medicine[4].

Other Uses

Adhesive;  Dye.

The dried tuber is pulverized and mixed with cold water to make a strong glue[4] that is used by bookmakers and shoemakers[61, 89, 148]. A yellow dye is obtained from the tuber[46, 61].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, tolerating partial shade[200]. Requires a well-drained soil[1, 200]. Prefers a deep rich sandy loamy soil[1, 111]. Prefers a sunny position and a soil that is not too rich[200]. Grows well on hot dry banks[42]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Plants are evergreen in mild winters[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. This species is closely related to A. ramosus[187].

Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[134]. 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. When the plants are large enough to handle, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division in early spring or autumn[111].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

   Tue Dec 28 01:18:42 2004

This plant is found in Malta/Mediterranean basin/Europe

More comprehensive details, medicinal properties, uses, botanical data, plant description and photogallery of high resolutions photos of this plant can be seen on an interesting website about the wild plants of Malta: www.maltawildplants.com

Link: Malta Wild Plants Website and photography by Stephen Mifsud, Malta

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