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Gynandriris sisyrinchium - (L.)Parl.

Common Name Spanish Nut
Family Iridaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards Possibly poisonous[65].
Habitats Dry places near the coast[50] and up to 2,000 metres[90].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Gynandriris sisyrinchium Spanish Nut


Gynandriris sisyrinchium Spanish Nut
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Gynandriris sisyrinchium is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs)Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay 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

Iris sisyrinchium.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The root is edible raw or cooked and is also used as a spice[2, 105, 177]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a stiff limey soil in full sun[42]. Tolerates some shade[79]. Plants need plenty of moisture whilst in growth in winter and spring, but need a dry soil when they die down in the summer[188]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c[200], and in general does not do well in this country[1]. It requires a summer baking to ripen the roots and ensure good flowering in the following year[200]. It should be planted about 10 - 15cm deep[79]. It is probably best grown in a bulb frame[K]. The flowers usually open in the afternoon and are faded by the morning[90].

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[1]. Stored seed should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame. 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. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division.

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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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