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Boenninghausenia albiflora - (Hook.)Rchb. ex Meisn.

Common Name
Family Rutaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forests and shrubberies to 3300 metres in the Himalayas[51]. Generally found in moist places in Nepal at elevations of 500 - 3000 metres[272].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Boenninghausenia albiflora


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Boenninghausenia albiflora

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Boenninghausenia albiflora is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in flower from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Ruta alba

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne  Malaria  Parasiticide  Styptic

The leaves are pounded and applied to cuts and wounds as a styptic and to speed the healing process[218, 272]. They are crushed and placed in the nostrils in the treatment of malaria[218]. The external application of the leaves is also used in the treatment of scabies[272]. The leaf juice is dropped into wounds in order to kill germs[272]. Applied externally to the forehead, the juice is said to relieve headaches, whilst the whole plant is placed under the pillow whilst sleeping to relieve headaches[272]. A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of malaria[218].

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Other Uses

Essential  Parasiticide  Repellent

The plant contains 0.2 - 0.4% essential oils[272]. The dried leaves are used as a flea repellent[272].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Requires a warm sheltered position in a well-drained soil that is not too dry[11, 138, 200]. Plants are likely to rot if the soil remains too wet in winter[200]. Succeeds on chalk[11, 182]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Plants are often cut to the ground in severe winters but they usually regrow from the base[11, 182]. It is best to give the roots a mulch in the winter[11]. A very ornamental but short-lived plant[1]. The leaves are very aromatic[188].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse in the autumn[188]. Sow stored seed in February to May in a greenhouse[138]. Only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 15°c[138]. 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. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

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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(Hook.)Rchb. ex Meisn.

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Readers comment

Alicia   Fri Sep 4 2009

This plant was named after one of the greatest homeopaths who was also a great botanist in the 19th Century - Baron von Boenninghausen who was from the Netherlands.

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