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Polytrichum juniperinum - Willd.

Common Name Hair-Cap Moss, Juniper polytrichum moss
Family Polytrichaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry acidic soils on heaths, rocks and walls.
Range Britain.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Polytrichum juniperinum Hair-Cap Moss, Juniper polytrichum moss


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Polytrichum juniperinum Hair-Cap Moss, Juniper polytrichum moss
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Polytrichum juniperinum is an evergreen Perennial. It is in leaf all year.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 East Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Diuretic  Urinary

The whole herb is powerfully diuretic[4, 61]. An infusion is an excellent remedy in dropsy, especially when used with hydrogogue cathartics[4]. It is also very useful in the treatment of urinary obstructions, gravel etc, causing no nausea and suitable for long-term use[4].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have no details of the cultivation needs of this plant[K], it grows wild on dry acidic soils on heaths, rocks and walls[17].

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Plant Propagation

Spores - best sown as soon as they are ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and keep humid until they are well established. Do not plant outside until the plants are at least 2 years old and then only in a very well sheltered position.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Polytrichum communeCommon haircap, Great golden maidenhair,Perennial0.2 2-10 SLMHFSNMWe013

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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