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Aster tripolium - L.

Common Name Sea Aster
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Salt marshes and maritime cliffs[17].
Range Coastal areas of Europe, including Britain, N. Africa and saline inland areas of Europe and C. Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Aster tripolium Sea Aster


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Aster tripolium is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Jul to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, lepidoptera, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves and stems - the somewhat fleshy leaves are used to make pickles or are cooked[2, 105, 177]. A sweet taste[179]. The stem contains about 8.4% ash, whilst the leaf is 9% ash - this is mainly sodium chloride[179].

Medicinal Uses



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Ophthalmic.

Ophthalmic[100].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most good garden soils[1], preferring one that is well-drained and moisture retentive[200]. Prefers a sunny position[200]. This species tends to be a short-lived perennial[17]. Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200].

Propagation

Seed - surface sow in spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to become dry. Pre-chilling the seed for two weeks can improve germination rates[134]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks at 20°c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

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

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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