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Emilia coccinea - (Sims.)G.Don.

Common Name Tassel Flower, Scarlet tasselflower
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in a truly wild situation
Range Tropical Asia.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Emilia coccinea Tassel Flower, Scarlet tasselflower


Emilia coccinea Tassel Flower, Scarlet tasselflower

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Emilia coccinea is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from July to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is 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 dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

E. flammea. Cass. Cacalia coccinea. C. sagittata.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[105]. Added to salads or used as a potherb[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Miscellany

The plant is said to be used medicinally for children, but the report gives no more details[240].

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Other Uses

Miscellany

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant[1], succeeding in most well-drained soils in a sunny position[200]. An ideal plant for hot dry areas and coastal soils[188]. Plants flower better when growing on nutritionally poor soils, producing much lusher growth on rich soils[200]. They are drought tolerant once established[200]. Plants are not frost hardy, but succeed outdoors in Britain as a spring-sown annual[200]. Slugs can be a problem with this plant in a wet spring[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts[1, 200]. The seed can also be sown outdoors in situ in the middle of spring[1, 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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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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