Elsholtzia ciliata - (Thunb.)Hyl.
Common Name Crested latesummer mint
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Roadsides, old fields etc in Eastern N. America[43]. Grassy areas in mountains in Korea[279].
Range N. Europe. N. America. N. Asia.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

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Elsholtzia ciliata Crested latesummer mint

Elsholtzia ciliata Crested latesummer mint
Physical Characteristics
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Elsholtzia ciliata is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

E. cristata. Willd. E. patrinii.

 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

Young leaves - raw or cooked[105, 177]. Finely cut then added to salads or used as a potherb[183]. The leaves can be used as an aromatic condiment for vegetable dishes[183]. The powdered seeds are used as a condiment for flavouring foodstuffs[272].
Medicinal Uses

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Antibacterial;  Antipyretic;  Antiviral;  Astringent;  Carminative;  Depurative;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  

The plant contains an essential oil[283]. It is antibacterial, antipyretic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and stomachic[61, 176, 178, 279]. Its use is said to relieve the effects of excess alcohol[61, 178]. It is used in the treatment of common colds, fevers, headaches, diarrhoea, oedema and oliguria[176, 279]. The plant has a broad-spectrum antibacterial action[176]. It is harvested when in flower and dried for later use[283].


Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils. Cultivated for ornament in N. and E. Europe[50].
Seed - sow late spring in situ[200].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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