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Ferula narthex - Boiss.

Common Name Ferula
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassy slopes at elevations around 3600 metres in Tibet[266].
Range W. Asia - Afghanistan to Pakistan.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Ferula narthex Ferula


Ferula narthex Ferula

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ferula narthex is a PERENNIAL growing to 2.5 m (8ft 2in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen in August. 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

F. jaeschkeana. Vatke.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. By. South Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Condiment  Gum

Leaves and young shoots[105, 177]. Used as a pot-herb[2]. The gum obtained from the roots is used as a condiment[2, 46].

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Medicinal Uses

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Anthelmintic  Antispasmodic  Carminative  Contraceptive  Diaphoretic  Expectorant  Nervine

The gum resin obtained from the root is anthelmintic, antispasmodic, expectorant and nervine[240]. It is used in the treatment of asthma, whooping cough, flatulent colic, and in pneumonia and bronchitis in children[240]. The leaves are carminative and diaphoretic[240]. The plant has recently been investigated as a potential contraceptive[254].

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Other Uses

Gum

The root is a source of the gum 'asafoetida'[1, 2, 61], it is used as a condiment and as a medicine. It is obtained by incision of the roots[114].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils[1]. Requires a deep fertile soil in a sunny position[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of Britain, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. The whole plant is very strong-smelling[200]. Plants have a long taproot and are intolerant of root disturbance[200]. They should be planted into their final positions as soon as possible.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as the seed is ripe in a greenhouse in autumn[1]. Otherwise sow in April in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Plant them out into their permanent positions whilst still small because the plants dislike root disturbance[1]. Give the plants a protective mulch for at least their first winter outdoors. Division in autumn. This may be inadvisable due to the plants dislike of root disturbance.

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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Boiss.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

shahul hameed   Wed Jul 6 06:01:22 2005

Authority is Boiss. ie. Ferula narthex.Boiss

Link: michael moore. s.w.college of botanical medicine

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