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Halenia elliptica - D.Don.

Common Name Spurred Gentian
Family Gentianaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Beside streams in valleys, grassland slopes, scrub, forest margins and forests at elevations of 700 - 4,100 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from India to China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Halenia elliptica Spurred Gentian


Halenia elliptica Spurred Gentian

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Halenia elliptica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs)The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, it is considered to have a bitter taste and a cooling potency[241]. It is cholagogue and febrifuge[241]. It is used in the treatment of liver inflammations, stomach complaints and fevers from contagious diseases[241].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a cool, damp soil with a pH of 5 - 6, and a position in light shade with protection from strong winds[200]. Plants are not very hardy outdoors in this country and are best treated as frost-tender annuals[200].

Propagation

Seed - best sown in early spring in a cool greenhouse[200]. Only just cover the seed. Prick out into individual pots once the plants are large enough to handle and plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Botanical References

200266

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