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Disporum cantoniense - (Lour.)Merr.

Common Name
Family Colchicaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cool shady places at elevations of 1100 - 2900 metres in Nepal[272]. Forests and thickets at elevations of 700 - 3000 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to China.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Disporum cantoniense


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Disporum cantoniense is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in flower from April to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Tender leaves and young shoots - cooked. Used as a vegetable[272].

Medicinal Uses



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Febrifuge.

The juice of the roots is used in the treatment of fevers[272].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Best grown in partial shade in a moist peaty or woodland soil[1, 175]. Plants spread rapidly[188] by means of creeping rhizomes when they are grown in a leafy soil[187].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[175]. Use a lime-free compost and keep it moist[175]. Stored seed requires 6 weeks cold stratification and should be sown as early in the year as possible[175]. Germination usually takes place within 3 - 6 months or more at 15°c[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the 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. Division in spring[200].

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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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(Lour.)Merr.

Botanical References

200266272

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