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Heimia salicifolia - (Kunth.)Link.

Common Name Erva De Vida, Shrubby yellowcrest
Family Lythraceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Along the sides of streams[192].
Range Southern N. America from Texas to Mexico and south to Central America.
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Heimia salicifolia Erva De Vida, Shrubby yellowcrest


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Heimia salicifolia Erva De Vida, Shrubby yellowcrest

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Heimia salicifolia is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. 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

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Drink

An intoxicating and euphoric drink is made by crushing the wilted leaves in water and leaving the liquid in a sunny position for three days to ferment[192]. In larger quantities this can induce hallucinations and produces a vision that is typically overcast in yellow[192].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antispasmodic  Hallucinogenic  Sedative

The leaves are antispasmodic, hallucinogenic and sedative[192]. An infusion serves to stabilize the blood pressure and relieve anxiety[192].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in any well-drained soil in full sun[200]. Especially in the colder areas of the country this plant is best grown against a sunny south or south-west facing wall and given a good mulch of bracken in the winter[200]. The rootstock is fairly hardy in most of Britain, whilst the top growth tolerates temperatures down to about -10 to -15°c[200]. If cut back by severe weather the plant usually grows again from the base[200]. Flowers are produced on the current seasons growth[200]. Plants growing by the side of a greenhouse at Cambridge Botanical Gardens flower freely[11]. This species is closely related to H. myrtifolia, differing mainly in having larger flowers[11]. Any pruning is best carried out in early spring by removing excess growth at the base of the plant[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Grow the young plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Mulch the roots well in the autumn to protect them from the cold. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Heimia myrtifolia Shrub1.5 7-10  LMHNM11 

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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