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Polygonatum inflatum - Komar.

Common Name
Family Convallariaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, some members of this genus are believed to have poisonous fruits and seeds.
Habitats Mountains of S. Japan[58]. Forests and forest margins in Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, from near sea level to 1000 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - Japan, Korea, Manchuria.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Polygonatum inflatum


Polygonatum inflatum

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Polygonatum inflatum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[105, 177]. They can be used as an asparagus substitute. Root - cooked[105, 177]. Rich in starch.

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiperiodic  Antirheumatic  Demulcent  Refrigerant  Sedative  Sialagogue  Tonic

The roots are antiperiodic, antirheumatic, demulcent, refrigerant, sedative, sialagogue and tonic[218].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We do not have much information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a fertile humus rich moisture-retentive well-drained soil in cool shade or semi-shade[200]. Plants are intolerant of heat and drought but they tolerate most other conditions[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. The young shoots are very attractive to slugs. Hybridizes with other members of this genus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early autumn in a shady part of a cold greenhouse[200]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. Germination can be slow, they may not come true to type[200] and it takes a few years for them to reach a good size. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in March or October. 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.

Other Names

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Found In

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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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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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