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Goodyera repens - (L.)R.Br.

Common Name Creeping Lady's Tresses, Lesser rattlesnake plantain
Family Orchidaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Locally in pine woods, rarely under birch or on moist fixed dunes in northern Britain[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, Scandanavia south and east to the Pyrenees, Siberia, Japan and Himalayas.
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Goodyera repens Creeping Lady


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Goodyera repens Creeping Lady

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Goodyera repens is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Humble bees. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Satyrium repens. L.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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A cold infusion of the leaves has been used to improve the appetite and also in the treatment of colds and kidney problems[257]. A poultice of the wilted leaves has been used to 'draw out burns'[257]. The infusion can be held in the mouth as a treatment for toothache[257]. The root and the leaves have been used in the treatment of bladder problems[257]. The roots and the leaves have been used in the treatment of stomach problems and female disorders[257]. A poultice of the chewed leaves, and the swallowed juice, has been used in the treatment of snake bites[257]. The plant ooze has been used as drops to treat sore eyes[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a somewhat shady site and a well-drained compost of peat, leafmold and sand[1]. Does well in the woodland garden[42, 230]. Orchids are, in general, shallow-rooting plants of well-drained low-fertility soils. Their symbiotic relationship with a fungus in the soil allows them to obtain sufficient nutrients and be able to compete successfully with other plants. They are very sensitive to the addition of fertilizers or fungicides since these can harm the symbiotic fungus and thus kill the orchid[230].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow, preferably as soon as it is ripe, in the greenhouse and do not allow the compost to dry out. The seed of this species is extremely simple, it has a minute embryo surrounded by a single layer of protective cells. It contains very little food reserves and depends upon a symbiotic relationship with a species of soil-dwelling fungus. The fungal hyphae invade the seed and enter the cells of the embryo. The orchid soon begins to digest the fungal tissue and this acts as a food supply for the plant until it is able to obtain nutrients from decaying material in the soil[200]. It is best to use some of the soil that is growing around established plants in order to introduce the fungus, or to sow the seed around a plant of the same species and allow the seedlings to grow on until they are large enough to move.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Goodyera oblongifoliaWestern Rattlesnake PlantainPerennial0.3 6-9  LMSNDM11 
Goodyera pubescensDowny Rattlesnake PlantainPerennial0.4 6-10 MLMSNDM02 

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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