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Parnassia palustris - L.

Common Name Grass Of Parnassus, Marsh grass of Parnassus, Mountain grass of Parnassus, Alaska grass of Parnass
Family Parnassiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet moorland, marshes and raised bogs to quite a high altitude[7, 17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, Greece and temperate Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Parnassia palustris Grass Of Parnassus,  Marsh grass of Parnassus,  Mountain grass of Parnassus, Alaska grass of Parnass


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Parnassia palustris is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to October. 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) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Astringent  Diuretic  Ophthalmic  Sedative  Tonic  Vulnerary

The whole plant is astringent, slightly diuretic, sedative, tonic and vulnerary[7, 9]. A decoction is occasionally used as a mouthwash in the treatment of stomatitis[7]. The dried and powdered plant can be sprinkled onto wounds to aid the healing process[7]. The plant is harvested in the summer or autumn and can be dried for later use[7]. A distilled water made from the plant is an excellent astringent eye lotion[7].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in moist peaty soils or in spongy bogs[1]. Requires an alkaline soil[200]. Plants can be naturalized in marshy grass[200].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe in late autumn in a cold frame in pots of soil that are standing in shallow water. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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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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Genyphyr   Sun Apr 6 2008

Flickr photos Parnassie des Marais -- a very good photo of this plant

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