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Oenanthe sarmentosa - C.Presl.

Common Name Water Dropwort,Water parsely
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although no specific mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus that contains a number of very poisonous plants and so some caution is advised. It is said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[218].
Habitats Low wet places[60].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to California.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun
Oenanthe sarmentosa Water Dropwort,Water parsely


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Oenanthe sarmentosa Water Dropwort,Water parsely
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Oenanthe sarmentosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower from June to August. 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 cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root;  Stem.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[2, 105]. A sweet farinaceous flesh, the root is highly esteemed in the areas where it is eaten[46, 161, 183]. A cream-like taste when boiled with a slight parsley flavour[183]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Young stem - raw or cooked[118, 257].

Medicinal Uses



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Emetic;  Purgative.

The roots are emetic and purgative[257]. The roots have been crushed then swallowed by a pregnant woman in order to facilitate and speed up delivery[257].

Other Uses

Musical.

Whistles can be made from the hollow stems[118, 257].

Cultivation details

Requires a moist or wet fertile soil in a sunny position. Plants have a weak straggling growth habit[60].

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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 plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. Large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

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

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Oenanthe aquaticaWater Dropwort, Fineleaf waterdropwort02
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Oenanthe peucidanifolia 10
Oenanthe pimpinelloidesMeadow Parsley, Corkyfruit waterdropwort10

 

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