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Camelina sativa - (L.)Crantz.

Common Name Gold Of Pleasure
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A weed of corn and flax fields in Britain[17].
Range E. Europe to W. Asia. Occasionally naturalized in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Camelina sativa Gold Of Pleasure

Camelina sativa Gold Of Pleasure


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Physical Characteristics

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Camelina sativa is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen in August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Myagrum sativum.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Oil  Oil
Edible Uses: Oil  Oil

An edible oil is obtained from the seed[2, 17, 105, 177, 183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Broom  Fibre  Oil  Oil

An oil from the seed is used as a luminant and as an emollient for softening the skin[100]. A fibre is obtained from the stems[2, 200]. The stems are used for making brooms[2].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, succeeding in most soils and preferring a sunny position[K]. It does well on poor land[115]. Plants can self-sow when well-sited[K]. 'Gold of Pleasure' is occasionally cultivated for the oil in its seed[17, 171]. This species is a bad companion plant, depressing the growth of nearby plants[18]. It has become a noxious weed of cultivated fields in some of the areas into which it has been introduced[2].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow mid spring in situ.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Camelina rumelicaGraceful false flaxAnnual0.4 5-10 FLMHNDM200

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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Readers comment

Kathy   Sat Mar 4 2006

Looking for a supply of camelina seed - Do you have any suggestions? Please let me know if you do. [email protected] Thanks

Alice pilgeram   Tue Apr 11 2006

You can purchase camelina seed from the Great Northern Growers in Montana (www.greatnortherngrowers.com). they only sell bulk.

shoaran   Mon Dec 4 2006

does it have a potential to be a biodiesel for the future?

Ken Fern, Plants for a Future.   Tue Dec 5 2006

There has been some research into the use of this plant as a biofuel. The oil is suitable, but it has not proved economically viable. See http://www.eeci.net/countries/AT.html for more information.

melody badger   Wed Jun 20 2007

What are the prospects for growth of camelina in SC? Soil perfect by description. Whom should I contact to learn more?

S.A.Alagarsamy   Fri Nov 23 2007

Dr MGr jatropha Biodiesel Project we grow Jatropha and are going to try Camelina for biofuels

Donna Kuehn   Thu Feb 28 2008

I am looking for what prices Camelina is getting when sold. Need help.

Jennifer   Sat Aug 2 2008

would sowing camelina sativa be a good way of reducing cheat grass? We live in the high desert in Central Oregon and our soil is poor. Now that our horses are gone our paddock has been over run with cheat grass. We are looking for an alternative to spraying. Camelina would at least produce a crop that we could use.



Pam   Thu Oct 15 2009

can this camelina sativa oil triggured a siezure in dogs? thanks. Pam

Connie   Thu Oct 22 2009

I´m looking for an edible source of this oil. Does anyone know a producer - preferably in Europe? Many thanks

G Smith   Wed Dec 9 2009

Where can Camelina sativa seed be obtained in UK?

   Feb 29 2012 12:00AM

Kathy, you can get small quantities of seed from Horizon Herbs, in Douglas, Oregon: $3.95 for 300 seeds.

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