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Asphodelus albus - Mill.

Common Name Asphodel, Gamón-blanco
Family Asphodelaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards The root is poisonous[7].
Habitats Ploughed fields, rough ground[7], dry hills and mountain meadows[45, 50].
Range S. Europe.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Asphodelus albus Asphodel, Gamón-blanco


(c) 2010 Ken Fern & Plants For A Future
Asphodelus albus Asphodel, Gamón-blanco
(c) 2010 Ken Fern & Plants For A Future

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Asphodelus albus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) 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 and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

A. macrocarpus.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

The root was at one time eaten as a food but, since it contains the alkaloid asphodeline, this is not really very advisable[7].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antidermatosic  Detergent  Emollient  Vulnerary

The tubers are antidermatosic, detergent, emollient and vulnerary[7]. They are mainly used externally in the treatment of skin conditions and for lightening freckles[7]. They have also been employed internally as a cough remedy[7]. The tubers are harvested in the spring and dried for later use[7]. Use internally with caution, especially if you are suffering from nephritis or gastritis[7].

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Other Uses

Alcohol

An alcohol can be obtained from the fermented roots[7].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, tolerating partial shade[200]. Requires a well-drained soil and a sheltered position[42]. Prefers a deep rich sandy loamy soil[1, 111]. Prefers a soil that is not too rich and a sunny position[200]. Grows well on hot dry banks and in thin grass[42, 200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190]. Plants are hardy to about -15°c[187]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[134]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. When the plants are large enough to handle, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division in early spring or autumn[111].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

EUROPE: Switzerland, Hungary, Former Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Spain, France (northwest)

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Asphodelus aestivus Perennial1.0 7-10  LMSNDM311
Asphodelus fistulosusOnionweedAnnual/Perennial0.6 7-10  LMSNDM210
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelusYellow Day LilyPerennial0.6 4-8  LMHSNDM422

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.

 

Expert comment

Author

Mill.

Botanical References

50200

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Readers comment

Landfried van Esser   Sun Sep 28 2008

i find this plant in the Alps on de southside, in the sun en a little bite moist. altitude about more than 1600 meter. Soory, I am a dutch speaking person.

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