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Arenaria serpyllifolia - L.

Common Name Thyme-Leaf Sandwort
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Bare ground, arable fields, walls, bare soil on chalk downs, cliffs etc[17].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, temperate Asia and N. America.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Arenaria serpyllifolia Thyme-Leaf Sandwort


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Arenaria serpyllifolia is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from June 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), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

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

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

The entire plant is used as a pot-herb[177].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antitussive  Depurative  Diuretic  Febrifuge

The plant is antitussive, depurative, diuretic and febrifuge[[147, 218]. A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of dysentery[218]. It is also used in the treatment of bladder complaints, calculus troubles and acute and chronic cystitis[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

References

Cultivation details

This species is apparently disliked by rabbits since it is often abundant round their burrows[17].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Plantago arenariaFrench PsylliumAnnual0.3 -  LMHNDM13 
Salix arenaria Shrub1.0 5-9  LMHNMWe123

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

1750

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