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Triosteum perfoliatum - L.

Common Name Wild Coffee, Feverwort
Family Caprifoliaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich soils[235]. Shady positions in forests on limestone soils[213].
Range Eastern N. America - Massachusetts to Alabama, Kentucky and Kansas, west to Nebraska.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Triosteum perfoliatum Wild Coffee, Feverwort


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Triosteum perfoliatum Wild Coffee, Feverwort
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Triosteum perfoliatum is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.6 m (2ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) 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

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Coffee

The dried and roasted seeds have been used as a coffee substitute[2, 207, 222]. Opinions on the taste vary wildly[207].

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Medicinal Uses

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Cathartic  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Emetic  Febrifuge  Laxative  Pectoral  Poultice  
Stomachic

A decoction of the leaves is diaphoretic[222]. It is used in the treatment of fever and ague[207, 213]. The roots are diaphoretic, diuretic, laxative, pectoral and stomachic[222, 257]. In large doses they are emetic and cathartic[222]. An infusion of the root has been used to treat severe colds, pneumonia, irregular or profuse menses, painful urination, stomach problems and constipation[222, 257]. The infusion has also been used as an aid to putting on weight for both adults and babies[257]. A poultice of the roots is applied to snakebites, sores and felons[222]. An infusion of the plant has been used for soaking sore feet. An ooze from the plant has been used as a wash for swollen legs[257]. The rhizome contains an alkaloid and has been used as a cathartic[213].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a light humus-rich soil in part shade[200]. Succeeds in the wild or woodland garden[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
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

200235

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