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Swertia petiolata - Royle. ex D. Don.

Common Name
Family Gentianaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Montane to the alpine zone.
Range E. Asia - Afghanistan to W. Nepal and S.E. Tibet.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade
Swertia petiolata


Swertia petiolata

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Swertia petiolata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower 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). It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiinflammatory  Febrifuge  Hepatic

The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, it is considered to have a bitter taste and extremely cooling potency[241]. It is anti-inflammatory, febrifuge and liver tonic[241]. It is used in the treatment of scleritis, inflammation of the liver and high blood pressure, inflammation of the stomach and liver[241].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a moist humus-rich soil in damp light woodlands, streamsides or the bog garden[200]. Grows best in areas with cool summers[200].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in temperatures not exceeding 10°c in a humus-rich medium[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them Tu in early summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Swertia bimaculata Annual/Biennial0.6 6-9  LMHSNM10 
Swertia chirayitaChirettaAnnual1.0 6-9  LMHSMWe03 
Swertia japonica Annual0.2 -  LMHSMWe11 

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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