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Peucedanum officinale - L.

Common Name Hog's Fennel
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Skin contact with the sap of this plant is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[65, 218]. It is also said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[218].
Habitats Banks near the sea[17] and in grassland[50]. Salt marshes[4].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Germany south and east to Portugal, central Russia and the Balkans.
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Care
Moist Soil Full sun
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Peucedanum officinale is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft). It is in flower from July to September. 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 and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Gum

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne  Antispasmodic  Aperient  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Pectoral

The plant is anodyne, antispasmodic, aperient, diaphoretic, diuretic and pectoral[4, 9, 46]. An infusion is used in the treatment of coughs, bronchial catarrh etc[9]. The root is mainly used, it is harvested in the spring or autumn and dried for later use[9]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the roots[9]. It is used in the treatment of bronchial catarrh, coughs, intermittent fevers and to stimulate menstrual flow[9].

Other Uses

Gum

Yields a gum, similar to 'Gum Ammoniac' (which is obtained from Ferula communis)[46, 61]. The root is wounded in the spring and then yields a considerable quantity of a yellowish-green juice which dries into a gummy resin and retains the strong sulphur-like smell of the plant[4]. The gum of Ferula communis is used as an incense[4] and also has medicinal value[1].

Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any moisture-retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Suitable for group plantings in the wild garden[200].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible otherwise in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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