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Thapsia garganica - L.

Common Name Drias Plant
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards The resin in the sap can cause skin irritation[4].
Habitats Rocky places, fields and sunny slopes[45].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
Edibility Rating    (0 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Thapsia garganica Drias Plant


Thapsia garganica Drias Plant

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Thapsia garganica is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

T. decussata.

Plant Habitats

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

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Diuretic  Purgative

The root is diuretic, emetic and purgative[1, 4, 46]. A resin is extracted with alcohol from the bark of the root[4]. The plant has been considered specific in treating pain, though caution is advised since it is poisonous to some mammals[4]. The plant is also strongly rubefacient, producing blisters and intense itching[4].

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Other Uses

Resin

Yields a resin that is used in plasters[46, 57, 61, 64]. No further details are given.

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species, it probably requires a well drained light fertile soil in a sunny position. One report says that it is not hardy in Britain requiring greenhouse or half-hardy treatment[1]. We have grown it in the past in Cornwall, it survived 3 winters in a cold greenhouse with us before succumbing to slugs.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[K]. 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. Root cuttings.

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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Readers comment

maksim gur   Wed Jul 23 14:20:26 2003

this plant is the source of thapsigargin.

Link: thapsigargin fact sheet

arfouni   Sat Dec 18 13:29:59 2004

en algerie on utilise cette plante pour faire certains types de couscous elle est donc utilise en cuisine donc legerement comestible

Dorian Marban   Mon Mar 14 09:30:58 2005

We are a small company and we sell Thapsia Garganica L. that you can extract thapsigargin

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