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Morina longifolia - Wall.

Common Name Whorlflower
Family Morinaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open slopes and alpine shrubberies, 3000 - 4000 metres[51].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas - Kashmir to Bhutan.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Morina longifolia Whorlflower


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Morina longifolia is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Moths. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) 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

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Digestive  Emetic  Stomachic

The stem, leaves and flowers are used in Tibetan medicine, they are said to have a sweet and astringent taste with a heating potency[241]. They are digestive, emetic and stomachic, and are used in the treatment of stomach disorders such as indigestion giving rise to vomiting and nausea[241].

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Other Uses

Essential  Incense

The plant is used as an incense[145, 240, 272]. The roots yield 0.34% essential oil[240].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Requires a fertile, humus-rich, moisture retentive but well-drained sandy or gritty soil in a sunny position[1, 111, 200]. It grows best with a little shade and shelter from high winds[1]. Prefers a slightly acid soil[175]. A very ornamental plant[1], the leaves are spicily aromatic[187]. A fairly easy plant to grow, though it tends to be short-lived[187]. It is hardy to about -17°c when growing in a perfectly drained soil[187, 200]. It grows best in the western side of Britain, sometimes succumbing to cold in the south-east of the country[233]. Requires protection from slugs[K]. The flowers open in the evening and are pollinated by moths. If pollination does not take place by morning then the top of the pistil curves over and effects self-pollination[211]. Resents root disturbance[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in individual pots to minimize disturbance to the tap root. Overwinter in a well ventilated cold frame[200]. Sow stored seed in early spring in a cold frame[111]. Plant out into their permanent positions in the summer when the plants are at least 15cm tall. Division in spring is possible but very difficult. Divided plants are often extremely slow to re-establish[200]. It is best carried out immediately after the plant flowers[188]. Root cuttings in individual pots in November. Plants are quick to produce foliage but slow to form roots. They are best left in pots for 12 months before planting out[175].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Morina coulteriana Perennial1.0 5-9  LMSNM00 

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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Pat Goodman   Mon Aug 24 2009

I have planted Morina Longifolia this year in June for the fist time and have not had any flowers?

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