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Ixeris stolonifera - A.Gray.

Common Name Creeping lettuce
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cultivated fields, waste ground and mountain slopes all over Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - Japan, Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ixeris stolonifera Creeping lettuce


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ixeris stolonifera is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) 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 moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Leaves[105, 177]. No more details are given. Root[105, 177]. No more details are given.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in this country, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of the country. We suggest growing it in a sunny position and a well-drained soil.

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in spring and only just covering the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division can also be tried in spring or autumn.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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
Ixeris chinensis Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Ixeris dentata Perennial0.5 -  LMHSNM20 
Ixeris japonica Perennial0.2 -  LMHSNM10 
Ixeris lanceolata Perennial0.2 -  LMHSNM20 
Ixeris polycephala Biennial0.3 -  LMHSNMWe11 
Ixeris repens Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Ixeris sonchfolia Perennial0.0 -  LMHSNM10 

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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Readers comment

jane peck   Sun Jul 13 2008

I have grown this plant for about 10 years and it has hung in there and spread moderately. This year, we have had much more rain than usual and the temperatures have been hot earlier than usual (? global warming?). As a result, it has turned into a rampant thug. Covering all the small crevice plants on my patio, spreading into the lawn and running amuck amongst smaller less aggressive plants. It looks great in a way and it you had a sight where this would be a plus, it would be a great, easy care ground cover. Otherwise be careful where you plant it , especially if you have warm damp summers. I have spent two days trying to extricate it from my lawn, beds and patio and I know the fight isn't over yet.

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