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Silene acaulis - (L.)Jacq.

Common Name Moss Campion
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it does contain saponins. Although toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm. They are also broken down by thorough cooking. Saponins are found in many plants, including several that are often used for food, such as certain beans. It is advisable not to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K].
Habitats Mountain ledges and scree in N. Wales, the Lake District and Scotland[17].
Range Arctic regions, also found further south on mountains in Asia, N. America and Europe, incl Britain.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Silene acaulis Moss Campion


Silene acaulis Moss Campion

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Silene acaulis is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies), insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Plant - cooked[61, 177]. Consumed as a vegetable in Iceland and in Arctic and Alpine regions[183]. The raw root skins have been used for food[257]. This report refers to the sub-species S. acaulis exscapa. (All.)DC.

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Medicinal Uses

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Stomachic

The plant has been used in the treatment of children with colic[257].

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Other Uses

Soap

Plants form a rooting carpet and can be grown as a ground cover when planted about 25cm apart each way[208].

Special Uses

Ground cover

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a light soil in full sun, doing best on a moraine[1]. Prefers a cool climate, plants can be difficult to bring into flower in the garden[188]. Polymorphic[1]. The sub-species S. acaulis saxatilis flowers more freely than the type[208].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame. 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 spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Silene conoideaweed sileneAnnual0.3 0-0  LMNM010
Silene dioicaRed Campion, Red catchflyBiennial/Perennial0.5 5-9  LMHSM00 
Silene firmaCatchflyAnnual/Biennial0.9 -  LMHSNM12 
Silene gallicacommon catchflyAnnual0.4 -  LMSNDM01 
Silene latifoliaWhite Campion, Bladder campionPerennial0.6 5-9  LMHNM00 
Silene nigrescens Perennial0.1 -  LMSNDM02 
Silene vulgarisBladder Campion, MaidenstearsPerennial0.6 5-9  LMNM210

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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