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Nardostachys grandiflora - DC.

Common Name Spikenard
Family Valerianaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocks, ledges and open slopes, 3600 - 4800 metres[51].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from Uttar Pradesh to S.W. China.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Nardostachys grandiflora Spikenard


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Nardostachys grandiflora Spikenard

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Nardostachys grandiflora is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in). It is in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
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.

Synonyms

N. jatamansii. DC.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

Used as a condiment[177]. No more details are given.

Medicinal Uses



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Antispasmodic;  Carminative;  Deobstruent;  Deodorant;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  Laxative;  Nervine;  
Sedative;  Stimulant;  Stomachic.

The root is antispasmodic, carminative, deobstruent, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, nervine, sedative, stimulant and stomachic[46, 61, 178, 218]. It is an excellent substitute for valerian, Valeriana officinalis, and is taken internally in the treatment of epilepsy, hysteria and convulsive affections, nervous indigestion, insomnia, depression and tension headaches[51, 238, 240]. Externally, it is used as a deodorant and to treat rashes[238]. A paste of the root is used externally to treat haemorrhoids[272]. The root is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use[238]. Use this remedy with caution, overdoses are toxic[218].

Other Uses

Deodorant;  Essential;  Hair;  Incense.

An essential oil is obtained from the root and young stems. It is harvested before the leaves unfurl[123]. It is used in perfumery[238] and as a hair tonic where it is said to make the hair grow faster and also to turn it black[46, 51, 61]. The dried leaves are used as an incense[272].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately fertile moisture-retentive soil in full sun or light shade, especially from the midday sun[200, 238]. Dislikes growing in rich soils[238]. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[238]. The hairy portion of the stem, just above the roots, has a strong aroma somewhat like patchouli[245]. The fresh root is fragrant, but the scent becomes more pronounced as the root dries[245]. This plant is the spikenard of the Ancients, it was once very popular as a perfume[1].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[238]. The seed requires light for germination[238]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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