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Adenostoma sparsifolium - Torr.

Common Name Redshank
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grows in chapparal at elevations of 300 - 2500 metres[276].
Range South-western N. America - Southern California.
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Adenostoma sparsifolium Redshank


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Adenostoma sparsifolium is an evergreen Shrub growing to 6 m (19ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Seeds[257]. No further information is given.

Medicinal Uses

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The plant is cathartic[257]. The plant has been used externally in the treatment of arthritis[257]. An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of colds and chest complaints, and also as a mouth wash to treat toothaches[257]. An infusion of the dried leaves, or the branches, has been used in the treatment of stomach ailments, inducing either bowel movements or vomiting[257]. The crushed twigs have been mixed with oil and used as a salve[257].

Other Uses

The bark is fibrous and has been stripped off the plants to make women's skirts[257]. The wood has been used to make fencing posts and as construction material[257]. The wood burns well, giving a high intensity heat[257].

Cultivation details

Requires a sheltered sunny position in a well-drained soil[182, 200] and protection from cold winds[200]. Plants are not very hardy in Britain and do not withstand exposure to prolonged winter frosts though they succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country[182, 200]. In colder areas they are best grown against a south or south-west facing wall[200]. The leaves are resinous and catch fire easily[181]. They have a pleasant aroma[200].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow the plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse or cold frame, planting them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings could be tried in August of half-ripe wood, preferably with a heel, in a frame. Layering.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

   Jul 16 2010 12:00AM

hey what about Polygonum persicaria??? Thats what i have redshank down as! but im going through a flora survey from the 80's! any help?

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