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Chondrilla juncea - L.

Common Name Naked Weed, Rush skeletonweed
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards The seeds are said to be poisonous.
Habitats Dry open habitats[50].
Range S. and W. Europe, north to N. France.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Chondrilla juncea Naked Weed, Rush skeletonweed


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Chondrilla juncea Naked Weed, Rush skeletonweed
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Chondrilla juncea is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[2, 105, 177]. A pleasant mild taste, the leaves are a favoured wild salad in France[217].

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Medicinal Uses

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Stomachic

The plant can be used as a stomachic[2].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. Judging by its native habitat it probably requires a very well drained light soil in a sunny position.

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in early spring in a greenhouse and only just covering the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a 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.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Naked weed, Skeleton weed, gum succory, devil's grass, Ajenjera, Ajinjera, Balaguera, Baleo, Citnik, Karavuk, Su porru, Tavka.

Found In

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

Afghanistan, Africa, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Asia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Libya, Mediterranean, North Africa, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Siberia, South America, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Tasmania, Turkey, Ukraine, Yugoslavia.

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.

This plant can be weedy or invasive. Native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, but known throughout most temperate regions of the world as an introduced species which is considered a noxious weed. There are several biological control measures used against this plant. The skeletonweed gall midge (Cystiphora schmidti - an insect), the skeletonweed gall mite (Aceria chondrillae - an arachnid), and skeletonweed rust (Puccinia chondrillina - a fungus) all show potential for controlling infestations.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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Chondrilla ambiguaChondrilla, Sha di fen bao juPerennial0.5 4-9 FLMHNDM003
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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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Violeta   Wed Sep 13 2006

How to buy Chondrilla juncea for a salad?

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