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Polemonium reptans - L.

Common Name Abcess Root, Greek valerian
Family Polemoniaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich woods, damp ground and along shady river banks[4, 43].
Range Eastern N. America - New York to Minnesota, south to Kansas and Georgia.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Polemonium reptans Abcess Root, Greek valerian


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Polemonium reptans is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from April to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

P. humile. Salisb.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Alterative  Astringent  Diaphoretic  Expectorant  Pectoral

The dried roots have a slightly bitter and acrid taste[4]. They are alterative, astringent, diaphoretic, expectorant and pectoral[4, 61, 222, 238]. They can be used in an infusion with water or as a tincture with alcohol[4]. They are used internally in the treatment of coughs, colds, bronchitis, laryngitis, tuberculosis, feverish and inflammatory diseases, including skin conditions and poisonous bites[238]. The root is rarely used in modern herbalism[238]. It is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use[238].

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Other Uses

Hair

A decoction of the whole plant is used as a hair rinse[213].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a moist well-drained fertile soil in sun or semi-shade[200]. Plants are best grown in a soil approaching that of a moraine and they must not be allowed to dry out in the summer[1]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. A number of named varieties have been selected for their ornamental value[187]. Plants have a creeping root and can multiply very quickly[4]. They can also self-sow to the point of nuisance[200]. The plants have a smell that attracts cats. The cats roll in the plants with evident pleasure and can cause considerable damage to young plants and ones that have recently been moved[238, K].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame[14]. 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 early spring or early autumn[111]. Larger 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.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Polemonium caeruleumJacob's Ladder, CharityPerennial0.4 0-0  LMSNM02 

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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Dianne Nichol-Brown   Fri Apr 10 2009

Here at the National Plant Collection of Polemonium we regularly add flowers of all including reptans to salads and for cake decorations. The flowers have a high nectar content. Petals only - the calyx is a bit hairy and bitter. Dianne Nichol-Brown. Polenonium.co.uk

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