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Cochlearia danica - L.

Common Name Danish Scurvy Grass
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy and rocky shores, walls and banks by the sea and along railway lines, avoiding acid soils[17].
Range Coastal regions of Europe, including Britain, from Norway to Atlantic Spain and Portugal.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Cochlearia danica Danish Scurvy Grass


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Cochlearia danica Danish Scurvy Grass
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cochlearia danica is a ANNUAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from June to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[100, 105, 177]. Used as a flavouring in salads, it is considered to be superior to C. officinalis[183]. The leaves are rich in vitamin C[100], though very few people will actually enjoy the pungent flavour[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiscorbutic  Vitamin C

The leaves are a rich source of vitamin C and are used as an antiscorbutic[100].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a damp well-drained soil. Avoids acid soils in the wild. Prefers a sandy or gritty well-drained soil[200]. Hybridizes with C. officinalis[17].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks at 15°c[164].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Cochlearia anglicaLong Leaved Scurvy GrassBiennial/Perennial0.3 -  LMHNMWe10 
Cochlearia macrocarpa  0.0 -  LMHNM10 
Cochlearia oblongifolia Biennial0.2 -  LMHNM10 
Cochlearia officinalisScurvy Grass, SpoonwortBiennial/Perennial0.3 0-0  LMHSNM12 
Cochlearia scotica Biennial/Perennial0.3 -  LMHNM10 

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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Botanical References

17200

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