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Oenanthe aquatica - (L.)Poir.

Common Name Water Dropwort, Fineleaf waterdropwort
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[4, 9, 65, 76]. It is said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[218].
Habitats In slow moving or stagnant water[17], and by the sides of streams, avoiding acid conditions[4].
Range Europe, including Britain, though absent from the far north, to W. Asia.
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Oenanthe aquatica Water Dropwort, Fineleaf waterdropwort


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Oenanthe aquatica is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is in flower from June to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

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Synonyms

O. phellandrium. Phellandrium aquaticum.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiperiodic  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Expectorant  Homeopathy  Narcotic  Pectoral

The fruit is antiperiodic, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and pectoral. It is used in the treatment of chronic pectoral affections, dyspepsia, intermittent fevers, obstinate ulcers etc[4, 9, 21]. This plant should be used with great caution, and only under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. In overdose the fruits cause vertigo, intoxication and other narcotic effects. The roots have been used externally in the treatment of piles[4]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the fruits. It is used in the treatment of bronchitis, coughs etc[9].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires shallow water or a very wet fertile soil[200]. Individual plants are biennial, dying after flowering. The plant perrenates, however, by means of offsets[17].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ.

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

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Oenanthe sarmentosaWater Dropwort,Water parselyPerennial1.0 0-0  LMHNMWe31 

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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(L.)Poir.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

carol zachary   Sun Jul 19 2009

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