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Polygonum orientale - L.

Common Name Prince's Feather, Kiss me over the garden gate
Family Polygonaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although no specific mention has been made for this species, there have been reports that some members of this genus can cause photosensitivity in susceptible people. Many species also contain oxalic acid (the distinctive lemony flavour of sorrel) - whilst not toxic this substance can bind up other minerals making them unavailable to the body and leading to mineral deficiency. Having said that, a number of common foods such as sorrel and rhubarb contain oxalic acid and the leaves of most members of this genus are nutritious and beneficial to eat in moderate quantities. Cooking the leaves will reduce their content of oxalic acid. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[238].
Habitats Roadsides, near houses and wastelands, also commonly cultivated in gardens, from sea level to 3000 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - China to the Himalayas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Polygonum orientale Prince


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Polygonum orientale is a ANNUAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is in flower from Aug to October, and the seeds ripen from Sep to November. 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. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked. The young shoots are a standard vegetable in Indo-China[179]. Seed - cooked[145, 178]. The seed is rather small and fiddly to utilize.

Medicinal Uses



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Anticoagulant;  Cancer;  Carminative;  Febrifuge;  Tonic;  Vulnerary.

The plant is a good tonic and vulnerary[240]. The flowers are said to thin the blood, remove obstructions and ease pain[218]. The leafy stems are used in the treatment of hernias[218]. A decoction of the ripe fruits is used in the treatment of hepatitis, sloughing ulcers, tympanites and cancer[218]. The seed is said to relieve flatulence, fevers and thirst, brighten the eyes and benefit the breath[178, 218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil[1] but prefers a moisture retentive not too fertile soil in sun or part shade[200]. Repays generous treatment[1]. Plants are not very hardy in Britain but can be grown as a half-hardy annual[1]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination is usually free and easy. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer if they have reached sufficient size. If not, overwinter them in a cold frame and plant them out the following spring after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

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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