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Streptopus roseus - Michx.                
Common Name Scootberry
Family Convallariaceae
Synonyms S. curvipes.
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist woods, river banks, alder thickets[172]. Damp montane woods, 9000 - 1800 metres[60].
Range Eastern N. America - Newfoundland to Manitoba, south to Georgia and Michigan.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade


Physical Characteristics       
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Streptopus roseus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

USDA hardiness zone : 3-7

Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Streptopus roseus Scootberry
Streptopus roseus Scootberry
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves and shoots are added to salads to impart a cucumber flavour[183]. They can also be cooked and used as greens[172, 257]. Fruit - raw or cooked. A sweetish flavour[207], though it is said to be cathartic if eaten in quantity[183, 207], especially if you have not eaten this fruit before[K]. A watermelon flavour[172]. The fruit is about 12mm in diameter[235].
Medicinal Uses

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Cathartic;  Diaphoretic;  Ophthalmic;  Pectoral;  Tonic;  Women's complaints.

The fruit is cathartic[172, 207]. An infusion of the roots has been used in the treatment of a fallen womb[257]. A cough syrup can be made from the root[257]. A poultice of the steeped root has been applied to the eyes in the treatment of sties[257]. The flowers are diaphoretic[257]. They can be used to induce sweating in the treatment of colds and fevers. The plant is tonic[257]. An infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of coughs[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Requires a cool leafy soil in shade or partial shade[187]. Thrives in a moist light soil containing organic matter[1]. Hardy to at least -20°c. A very ornamental plant[1].
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[200]. Sow stored seed in a cold frame as soon as it is received. The seed, especially if it has been stored, can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking 18 months or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a shady part of the greenhouse or cold frame. It will normally take 2 or more growing seasons before the roots are large enough to plant out - this is best done when the plant is dormant in the autumn. Division as the plant comes into growth in early spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for their first year, planting them out in the following spring.
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Botanical References                                         
Links / References                                         

  [K] Ken Fern Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.

[1]F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[60]Hitchcock. C. L. Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest.
A standard flora for Western N. America with lots of information on habitat etc. Five large volumes, it is not for the casual reader.
[172]Schofield. J. J. Discovering Wild Plants - Alaska, W. Canada and the Northwest.
A nice guide to some useful plants in that area.
[183]Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.
Excellent. Contains a very wide range of conventional and unconventional food plants (including tropical) and where they can be obtained (mainly N. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world.
[187]Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2.
Photographs of over 3,000 species and cultivars of ornamental plants together with brief cultivation notes, details of habitat etc.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[207]Coffey. T. The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers.
A nice read, lots of information on plant uses.
[235]Britton. N. L. Brown. A. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada
Reprint of a 1913 Flora, but still a very useful book.
[257]Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.

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