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Swertia bimaculata - Hook.f.&Thoms.

Common Name
Family Gentianaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet grassy places in lowland and mountains all over Japan[58]. Beside streams, swamp, meadows, scrub and forests at elevations of 200 - 3000 metres in China.
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Himalayas.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Swertia bimaculata


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Swertia bimaculata is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower in September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Ophelia bimaculata.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[105, 177, 179].

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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

We have no details for this species but suggest growing it in a moist well-drained soil in a sunny position.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame at 10°c or less[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

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
Swertia chirayitaChirettaAnnual1.0 6-9  LMHSMWe03 
Swertia japonica Annual0.2 -  LMHSMWe11 
Swertia petiolata Perennial0.6 6-9  LMHSMWe02 

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

Hook.f.&Thoms.

Botanical References

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