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Bongardia chrysogonum - (L.)Griseb.

Common Name
Family Berberidaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Steppes, amongst field crops on clayey and solonetzic slopes[74]. Fields, open stony hillsides and waste places[280].
Range N. Africa to W. Asia - Syria to Iran.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Bongardia chrysogonum


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Bongardia chrysogonum

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Bongardia chrysogonum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9. It is in flower in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

B. rauwolfia. Leontice chrysogonum.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Tuber - baked or boiled[2, 74, 105, 183]. The leaves are eaten raw or cooked in the same manner as sorrel[2, 183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antispasmodic  Epilepsy

A treatment for epilepsy[89].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained sandy soil and a position in full sun[1, 200, 280]. Strongly dislikes wet conditions[1]. Plants must have hot, dry conditions during their summer dormancy and must not be allowed to become too wet in winter, therefore they are best grown in a bulb frame[90, 130, 200]. Plants can be very long lived[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the greenhouse[200], putting about 3 -4 seeds in each pot. Use deep pots since the seedlings produce a contractile root that can pull themselves down to a depth of 15 - 30cm before sending up their first leaf[130]. The seed germinates in autumn and the first leaf appears in the spring[130]. Grow the plants on in the greenhouse for at least 3 years before planting them out. Division is sometimes suggested as a means of increase, but is not possible for this species[130].

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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Author

(L.)Griseb.

Botanical References

74200280

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