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Leucothoe axillaris - (Lam.)D.Don.

Common Name Coastal Doghobble
Family Ericaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, at least one other member of this genus is said to have poisonous fruits[178].
Habitats Moist woods near the coast[235].
Range South-eastern N. America - Virginia to Florida and Alabama.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Leucothoe axillaris Coastal Doghobble


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Leucothoe axillaris is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in leaf all year, in flower from April to May. 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 and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

L. catesbaei.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Antipruritic  Expectorant  Poultice

Promotes the discharge of mucus from the nose[61]. An infusion of the leaf is taken internally and also used as a wash in the treatment of rheumatism[257]. n infusion of the leaves and stems has been used to bathe itchy skin[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Requires a lime-free well-drained humus-rich soil and some shade[11, 182, 200]. Plants are not very successful in Britain[11]. One report says they are not very hardy in Britain, succeeding outdoors only in the milder areas of the country, whilst another says that they are hardy to zone 6, which means tolerating temperatures down to -15° or lower[200]. The flowers are strongly fragrant[245]. This species is often confused with L. fontanesiana[182]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow late winter in a shady part of the greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination is variable. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, August in a frame. Fair to good percentage[78]. Layering in autumn. Takes 12 months. Very high percentage[78].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Leucothoe grayana Shrub1.2 5-9  LMSM01 

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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   Tue Dec 11 2007

plant is toxic according to: www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Leucoax.htm - 7k - Cached - Similar pages

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