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Adenophora nikoensis - Franch.&Sav.

Common Name
Family Campanulaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Alpine regions, in sandy and stony situations in full sun[58, 200]. Rocky slopes and pebbly grasslands of subalpine to alpine regions at elevations of 1500 - 3000 metres[275].
Range E. Asia - northern to central Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Adenophora nikoensis


Adenophora nikoensis

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Adenophora nikoensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

A. polymorpha. Ledeb.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root  Shoots
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[105, 177]. Best if boiled in two lots of water, it then makes excellent eating[179]. Leaves and young shoots - 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

Prefers a light rich slightly alkaline soil that is not too dry, and a warm sunny position[1, 200]. Plants are intolerant of root disturbance[1]. A polymorphic species[58]. Adenophora nikoensis is sometimes separated into two different species, in which the plant with calyx lobes serrate is named A. nipponica and that with entire ones as A. nikoensis. These two forms, however, are often observed in the same place and cannot really be separated[275]. The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, they have been known to destroy even mature plants[K].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[200]. The seed can also be sown in spring. Surface sow 2 - 3 seeds per pot in the spring in order to avoid transplanting[133]. We have found that if transplanted when very small seedlings grow away without difficulty[K]. Germinates in 1 - 3 months at 10°c[133]. Plant out into their permanent positions whilst young. Basal cuttings in spring[K]. Division in spring - very difficult because the plant dislikes root disturbance[1]..

Other Names

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TEMPERATE ASIA: Japan (Honshu (north & central))

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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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

Franch.&Sav.

Botanical References

58200275

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Readers comment

Pad   Wed Jun 3 2009

I am growing this charming plant near Vancouver, Canada in sandy dry, slightly acidic soil that receives lots of sun. It has been carefree. Ihave it mulched with bark mulch of wester hemlock to keep some moisture in. This past winter it survived rying conditions of a warm, wet November followed by sharp freezing and snow in December, temperatures to -12C degrees. It looks completely unharmed, and I am very pleased. -- Paddy, Roberts Creek, BC, Canada

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