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Spergularia rubra - (L.)J.Presl.&C.Presl.

Common Name Sandwort, Red sandspurry
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open gravelly or sandy habitats[17]. Sand dunes, heaths and coastal cliffs[200].
Range Europe, including Britain, south and east from Norway to N. Africa and Asia. N. America,
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Spergularia rubra Sandwort, Red sandspurry


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Spergularia rubra is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from May to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Arenaria campestris. Arenaria rubra. Buda rubra.

Plant Habitats

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

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked. Dried and ground into a meal then used with flour for making bread etc[177]. A famine food, it is only used when all else fails[177].

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Medicinal Uses

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Lithontripic  Urinary

The leaves are diuretic and lithontripic[4, 254]. The plant contains a resinous aromatic substance that is probably the active principle[4]. An infusion is thought to relax the muscle walls of the urinary tubules and so it is used in the treatment of kidney stones, acute and chronic cystitis and catarrh of the bladder[4, 61].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

This plant is often found growing in paving crevices and other impoverished niches in the garden[200]. It is a calcifuge plant, requiring neutral to acid soils[17].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. Some seed germinates in the autumn in the wild while some germinates in the spring.

Other Names

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TEMPERATE ASIA: Egypt (Sinai), Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia (Ciscaucasia), Russian Federation-Western Siberia (Western Siberia), Russian Federation-Eastern Siberia (Eastern Siberia), Kazakhstan, Russian Federation-Far East (Far East), China (Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu) TROPICAL ASIA: India (north), Pakistan EUROPE: Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway (south), Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Russian Federation (European part), Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Italy (incl. Sardinia, Sicily), North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain (incl. Baleares), France (incl. Corsica), Portugal AFRICA: Algeria (north), Egypt, Libya (north)

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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Botanical References

17200

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