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Delphinium staphisagria - L.

Common Name Stavesacre
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards All parts of the plant contain diterpene alkaloids and are highly toxic[4, 148, 238]. The plant is most toxic when it is young[200]. Ingestion of a lethal dose produces a feeling of excitement, followed by depression and extreme sensitivity of the nerves, followed by paralysis, a slowing of the pulse and finally death by asphyxia[232].
Habitats Field verges and in scrub, on hot dry soils[89]. Often found in poor soils[232].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Delphinium staphisagria Stavesacre


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Delphinium staphisagria is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from May to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
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 moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Antispasmodic  Cathartic  Emetic  Homeopathy  Odontalgic  Parasiticide  Sialagogue  Vermifuge  
Warts

Stavesacre is a very poisonous plant that is rarely used in modern herbal medicine[238]. The seed is antispasmodic, cathartic, emetic and vermifuge[4, 44]. The seeds cause a strong salivation if they are chewed and have been used in the treatment of toothache and other painful conditions of the throat and gums[232]. They are so strongly emetic and cathartic, however, that they are rarely used internally[4]. Externally, a decoction is used to treat itchy skin and parasites4]. The seed is very poisonous and should be used with great caution[4]. The plant has been used externally in the treatment of warts, lice and itches[232]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the seeds[232]. This is used in the treatment of a variety of ailments including toothache, injuries and headache[232].

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Other Uses

Insecticide  Parasiticide

A parasiticide is obtained from the leaves[172]. It is quite toxic and so is for external use only. The seed is used to make a potent insecticide, parasiticide and to destroy vermin[4, 61, 89, 100, 238]. It is used to kill head lice[238].

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils and situations[4] but prefers a rich well-drained neutral to alkaline soil[4, 200, 238] and is intolerant of winter-wet soils[200]. Requires an open sunny position[188]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].

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Propagation

Seed - sow March in a cold frame or April outdoors. Keep moist and in a shady position until germination takes place[175]. Seed can also be sown either in a cold frame or in situ as soon as it is ripe in mid to late summer[175], though seedlings from the outdoor sowing can be killed in cold winters[K]. The seed has a limited viability so it should be stored in a sealed container at about 3°c[200]. Temperatures above 15°c inhibit germination[175]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 9 weeks at 15°c[175].

Other Names

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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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