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Streptopus roseus - Michx.

Common Name Scootberry, Rosybells
Family Convallariaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist woods, river banks, alder thickets[172]. Damp montane woods, 9000 - 1800 metres[60].
Range Eastern N. America - Newfoundland to Manitoba, south to Georgia and Michigan.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Streptopus roseus Scootberry, Rosybells


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Streptopus roseus Scootberry, Rosybells
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Summary

Streptopus roseus Michx. is a synonym of Streptopus lanceolatus (Aiton) Reveal


Physical Characteristics

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Streptopus roseus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

S. curvipes. S. lanceolatus (Aiton) Reveal

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves and shoots are added to salads to impart a cucumber flavour[183]. They can also be cooked and used as greens[172, 257]. Fruit - raw or cooked. A sweetish flavour[207], though it is said to be cathartic if eaten in quantity[183, 207], especially if you have not eaten this fruit before[K]. A watermelon flavour[172]. The fruit is about 12mm in diameter[235].

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Medicinal Uses

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Cathartic  Diaphoretic  Ophthalmic  Pectoral  Tonic  Women's complaints

The fruit is cathartic[172, 207]. An infusion of the roots has been used in the treatment of a fallen womb[257]. A cough syrup can be made from the root[257]. A poultice of the steeped root has been applied to the eyes in the treatment of sties[257]. The flowers are diaphoretic[257]. They can be used to induce sweating in the treatment of colds and fevers. The plant is tonic[257]. An infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of coughs[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Requires a cool leafy soil in shade or partial shade[187]. Thrives in a moist light soil containing organic matter[1]. Hardy to at least -20°c. A very ornamental plant[1]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is rhizomatous with underground stems sending roots and shoots along their length [1-2].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[200]. Sow stored seed in a cold frame as soon as it is received. The seed, especially if it has been stored, can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking 18 months or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a shady part of the greenhouse or cold frame. It will normally take 2 or more growing seasons before the roots are large enough to plant out - this is best done when the plant is dormant in the autumn. Division as the plant comes into growth in early spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for their first year, planting them out in the following spring.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Rose twisted stalk, rosybells, rose mandarin, scootberry, liverberry, rose-bellwort.

Found In

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

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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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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