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Silaum silaus - (L.)Schinz.&Thel.

Common Name Pepper Saxifrage
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Meadows and grassy banks, avoiding shady positions[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, south and east from Sweden to the Mediterranean and Siberia.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Full sun
Silaum silaus Pepper Saxifrage


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Silaum silaus Pepper Saxifrage
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Silaum silaus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower from June to August. 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. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Silaus flavescens. S. pratensis.

Habitats

 Meadow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked[2]. They are sometimes used as an acid tasting potherb[105, 183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils and can be grown in the summer meadow. The whole plant, when bruised, emits a most unpleasant smell of sulphured hydrogen which is difficult to remove from the skin. If eaten by cattle, the plant will impart its smell to the milk[245].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer. If you have enough seed then an outdoor sowing in situ in the spring should also succeed.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation 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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(L.)Schinz.&Thel.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

Brian Cave   Sat Aug 9 2008

L'Abbé H. Coste- Flore de la France Tome II page 187 writes under Silaus pratensis-- 'Passe pour diurétique et efficace contre la gravelle.' i.e. useful as diuretic and good against kidney stones. I have not found any corroboration of this.

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