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Dodecatheon hendersonii - A.Gray.

Common Name Sailor-Caps, Mosquito bills
Family Primulaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods and prairies[60].
Range South-western N. America - California to Vancouver Island.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Dodecatheon hendersonii Sailor-Caps, Mosquito bills


Dodecatheon hendersonii Sailor-Caps, Mosquito bills

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Dodecatheon hendersonii is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf from March to July, in flower from April to June, and the seeds ripen from June to July. 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: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[22, 46, 61, 105]. Roasted in ashes[161, 257]. It is a bulbil[60]. Leaves - cooked[46, 61, 105]. Roasted in ashes[161, 257].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a moist, rich, well-drained soil and some shade[1, 175]. Prefers woodland conditions or a cool moist shady border[111, 200]. Plants prefer a dry period when dormant in the summer[188].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[175, 200]. A short period of cold stratification may improve the germination of stored seed which should be sown in spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 12 months at 15°c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in March or September. Autumn is best[1]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants 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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