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Laserpitium latifolium - L.

Common Name Laserwort
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods and rocky places in mountains[100].
Range Europe.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Laserpitium latifolium Laserwort


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Laserpitium latifolium Laserwort
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Laserpitium latifolium is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. 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

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment

Root - used as a flavouring[2, 105, 177]. It was used by the Romans with cumin in order to season preserved artichokes[183]. A decoction of the seeds is used in beer[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Stomachic  Tonic

Stomachic, tonic[46, 61].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

An easily satisfied plant, it succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. 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.

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

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Laserpitium prutenicum Biennial0.9 -  LMHSNM01 
Laserpitium siler Perennial1.0 -  LMHSNM11 

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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Dr. med. Veronika Rampold   Thu Dec 22 2005

The word Laserpitium in formertimes was almost synonymous to "purgative". Fournier names it as tonic, stimulant, diuretic, stomachic, purgative, emmenagogic, resolutive. The root is a bit milky, very aromatic and pungent-bitter. The seeds too are aromatic. The biter substance in the root is called laserpitine, it can split into angelic acid and "laserol". "Laserpitium gallicum, growing on dry soils of the Pyrenees, Cevennes, Apls etc., and L. pruthenicum, a plant of moist meadows, both are diuretics, stomachics and blood-purifiers too." ´ Enough preliminary info for using the Fournier for next website update, Mr Fern? It´s a pity it is not available as reprint but antique-book stores could still have it, esp. in France. to my opinion laserpitium latifolium dos NOT belong to the edible umbelliferae, whilst L. siler root maybe could be edible

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