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Elsholtzia ciliata - (Thunb.)Hyl.

Common Name Crested latesummer mint
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Roadsides, old fields etc in Eastern N. America[43]. Grassy areas in mountains in Korea[279].
Range N. Europe. N. America. N. Asia.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Elsholtzia ciliata Crested latesummer mint


Elsholtzia ciliata Crested latesummer mint

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Elsholtzia ciliata is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. It is in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

E. cristata. Willd. E. patrinii.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Condiment

Young leaves - raw or cooked[105, 177]. Finely cut then added to salads or used as a potherb[183]. The leaves can be used as an aromatic condiment for vegetable dishes[183]. The powdered seeds are used as a condiment for flavouring foodstuffs[272].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antibacterial  Antipyretic  Antiviral  Astringent  Carminative  Depurative  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  
Stomachic

The plant contains an essential oil[283]. It is antibacterial, antipyretic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and stomachic[61, 176, 178, 279]. Its use is said to relieve the effects of excess alcohol[61, 178]. It is used in the treatment of common colds, fevers, headaches, diarrhoea, oedema and oliguria[176, 279]. The plant has a broad-spectrum antibacterial action[176]. It is harvested when in flower and dried for later use[283].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils. Cultivated for ornament in N. and E. Europe[50].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow late spring in situ[200].

Other Names

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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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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Elsholtzia fruticosaJi Gu ChaiShrub1.5 4-8  LMHSNM112
Elsholtzia splendensShiny ElsholtziaAnnual0.4 -  LMHNM02 

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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Author

(Thunb.)Hyl.

Botanical References

4350

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