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Samolus valerandi - L.

Common Name Brookweed, Seaside brookweed
Family Primulaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet places, especially near the sea[17], also in shallow water, avoiding acid soils and shade[56].
Range Most regions of the world, including Britain, usually near the sea.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Water Plants Full sun
Samolus valerandi Brookweed, Seaside brookweed


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Samolus valerandi is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil and can grow in water. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked[46, 61]. A rather bitter flavour[K].

Medicinal Uses



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Antiscorbutic.

The leaves are antiscorbutic[46, 61].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in ordinary garden soil in a wet position or in shallow water[1, 200]. Dislikes shade or acid soils.

Propagation

Seed - surface sow in a cold frame in the spring, standing the pot in about 3cm of water. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and gradually increase the depth of water as the plants grow until it is level with the tops of the pots. Plant out in the summer if there has been sufficient growth, otherwise plant out in late spring of the following year. Division in spring.

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

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 :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Samolus valerandi parviflorusThin-Leaf Brookweed, seaside brookweed10

 

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