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Silene firma - Siebold.&Zucc.

Common Name Catchfly
Family Caryophyllaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Pebbly river banks, sandy and pebbly shores and shrub thickets[74]. Mountain grassland and scrub throughout China[266].
Range E. Asia - China and Japan.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Silene firma Catchfly


Silene firma Catchfly

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Silene firma is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft). It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

basionym of: Ussuria firma. Neoussuria firma. Elisanthe firma

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young plant - cooked[105, 177].

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Medicinal Uses

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Contraceptive  Emmenagogue  Galactogogue  Hepatic

The leaves and stems contain several medically active constituents including saponins and flavonoids[279]. They have been shown to promote the production of drug-metabolizing enzymes in the liver[279]. The plant is said to be contraceptive, emmenagogue and galactogogue[279]. It is used in Korea in the treatment of gonorrhoea, to stimulate the milk and the menstrual flow, and also as a contraceptive[279].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

W have very little information on this species, though judging by its wide range it should be hardy in most of Britain[K]. It is likely to prefer a well-drained moisture retentive light loamy soil in a sunny position[1, 200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. It is quite likely that an early autumn sowing will overwinter successfully to produce a larger plant in the spring and summer[K].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Silene acaulisMoss CampionPerennial0.1 -  LMNM113
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Silene dioicaRed Campion, Red catchflyBiennial/Perennial0.5 5-9  LMHSM001
Silene gallicacommon catchflyAnnual0.4 -  LMSNDM01 
Silene latifoliaWhite Campion, Bladder campionPerennial0.6 5-9  LMHNM001
Silene nigrescens Perennial0.1 -  LMSNDM02 
Silene vulgarisBladder Campion, MaidenstearsPerennial0.6 5-9  LMNM211

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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Author

Siebold.&Zucc.

Botanical References

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