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Hippuris vulgaris - L.

Common Name Common Marestail, Common mare's-tail
Family Hippuridaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Pond margins, ditches etc, preferring base-rich water[17].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, south and east to N. Africa, western and northern Asia.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Wet Soil Water Plants Full sun
Hippuris vulgaris Common Marestail, Common mare


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Hippuris vulgaris Common Marestail, Common mare
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hippuris vulgaris is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

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Synonyms

H. tetraphylla.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked[46, 61, 85, 257]. Used to make soups[257]. They are best harvested from autumn to spring, even the brown overwintered stems in spring can be used[172].

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Medicinal Uses

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Vulnerary

The whole plant is an effective vulnerary, the juice being taken internally or applied externally[4, 172].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a wet soil or shallow water, preferring one that is base-rich[17]. Dislikes shade. Plants have a spreading root system and can be very invasive[1].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed. We have no details on this species but suggest sowing it as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The plant spreads vegetatively so vigorously, however, that you probably won't have to worry about growing it from seed. Division in spring. Division is very easy and can be carried out at any time in the growing season. The divisions can be replanted direct into their permanent positions.

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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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

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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Botanical References

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