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Sherardia arvensis - L.

Common Name Field Madder, Blue fieldmadder
Family Rubiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Bare and cultivated ground, arable fields and waste places throughout Britain, ascending to 350 metres in Scotland[17, 200].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, to the Mediterranean.
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Sherardia arvensis Field Madder, Blue fieldmadder


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Sherardia arvensis Field Madder, Blue fieldmadder

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Sherardia arvensis is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from May to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

nomenclatural synonym: Galium sherardia

Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

A red or rose dye can be obtained from the plant[257].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in most soils, and does well in hot dry positions where it frequently self-sows[200]. This species can often become a weed in lawns[274]. Plants often produce both hermaphrodite and either male or female flowers[17].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

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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Botanical References

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