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Heimia - Cham.&Schlecht.

Common Name
Family Lythraceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Along the sides of streams[192].
Range S. America - Brazil to Uruguay.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Heimia


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Heimia is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
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 moist soil.

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Habitats

Edible Uses

An intoxicating and euphoric drink is made by crushing the wilted leaves in water and leaving the liquid in a sunny position for three days to ferment[192]. In larger quantities this can induce hallucinations and produces a vision that is typically overcast in yellow[192].

Medicinal Uses

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The leaves are antispasmodic, hallucinogenic and sedative[192]. An infusion serves to stabilize the blood pressure and relieve anxiety[192].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in any well-drained soil in full sun[200]. Especially in the colder areas of the country this plant is best grown against a sunny south or south-west facing wall and given a good mulch of bracken in the winter[200]. The rootstock is fairly hardy in most of Britain, whilst the top growth tolerates temperatures down to about -10 to -15°c[200]. If cut back by severe weather the plant usually grows again from the base[200]. Flowers are produced on the current seasons growth[200]. Plants growing outdoors at Kew Botanical Gardens are cut back by the cold each winter but regrow and flower each year[11]. This species is closely related to H. salicifolia, differing mainly in having smaller flowers[11]. Any pruning is best carried out in early spring by removing excess growth at the base of the plant[200].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Grow the young plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Mulch the roots well in the autumn to protect them from the cold. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].

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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 :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Heimia myrtifolia 11
Heimia salicifoliaErva De Vida, Shrubby yellowcrest11

 

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