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Datisca cannabina - L.

Common Name Acalbir, Akalbir
Family Datiscaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Banks of streams in rich alluvial soils[50, 200].
Range S. Europe (Crete), to W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Datisca cannabina Acalbir, Akalbir


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Datisca cannabina Acalbir, Akalbir
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Datisca cannabina is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.8 m (6ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower in September, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). . The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Bitter;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Odontalgic;  Purgative;  Sedative.

The leaves and flowering stems are bitter, diuretic, febrifuge and purgative[145, 240]. The root is used as a sedative in the treatment of rheumatism[240]. It is also applied to carious teeth[240].

Other Uses

Dye.

A yellow dye is obtained from the leaves, root and stems[46, 61, 145].

Cultivation details

Requires a good deep soil and a sunny position[1, 200]. Plants can be grown in quite coarse grass, which can be cut annually in the autumn[233]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Give the roots protection from winter frosts by mulching them[200]. At one time this plant was commonly cultivated as a dye plant[46, 61], but with the advent of chemical dyes it has fallen into disuse. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse, only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 weeks at 18°c[164]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in the spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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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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Readers comment

   Wed Oct 22 2008

is it growing in vidarbha region?

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