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Baccharis viminea - DC.

Common Name Mule's Fat
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry stream beds, ditch banks etc, usually below 450 metres[71].
Range South-western N. America - California to Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Baccharis viminea Mule


Baccharis viminea Mule

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Baccharis viminea is an evergreen Shrub growing to 4 m (13ft 1in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are 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.

Synonyms

B. glutinosa. B. salicifolia. (Ruiz.&Pavon.)Pers.

Habitats

 Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[257]. Roasted and eaten as a famine food when little else is available[257].

Medicinal Uses



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Ophthalmic;  Skin;  Stings.

A decoction of the leaves and stems has been used as a female hygienic agent[257]. An infusion of the leaves has been used as an eyewash and has also been applied to bruises, wounds or insect stings[257].

Other Uses

Hair;  Soil stabilization.

An effective ground-cover plant for sunny banks[200]. The plant has an extensive root system and is very useful for stabilizing sand dunes etc[200]. The leaves have been used as a tonic wash for the scalp and hair to prevent baldness[257]. A charcoal made from the stems has been used to make gunpowder[257].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in almost any soil, from heavy clays to pure sands, if it is growing in a sunny position[11, 200]. Very tolerant of poor dry soils[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it requires an almost frost-free climate and tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Plants respond well to trimming[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

Propagation

Seed - no pre-treatment is required[113]. Surface sow in pots a cold frame in the spring, do not let the compost dry out. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 weeks[113]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very easy[K]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, November in a frame. Easy[K].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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