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Convolvulus scammonia - L.

Common Name Scammony
Family Convolvulaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Scrub and forest margins[50].
Range Europe - Mediterranean, to W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Convolvulus scammonia Scammony


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Convolvulus scammonia Scammony

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Convolvulus scammonia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen in September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Cathartic  Hydrogogue

A resin is obtained from the root. The earth is cleared away from the top of the root, the top is then cut off obliquely about 5cm below the point where the stalks spring forth. The exuding juice is collected, which gradually hardens[4]. This resin is a drastic cathartic and hydrogogue and should be used with great caution[4, 46, 61]. The roots contain about 8% resin[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a light basic sharply drained soil of low to medium fertility[4, 200]. Prefers a sunny sheltered position. Thrives in dry soils[4] and succeeds in ordinary garden soils. The root can be up to 1.2 metres long, so for best results a deep soil is required[4].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[164]. Germination can be slow and erratic, a period of cold stratification might help reduce the germination period. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Cuttings of young shoots, August in a frame in sand[1].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation 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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