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Theligonum cynocrambe - L.

Common Name Dog's Cabbage
Family Rubiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp or shady rocks and walls[45, 50].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Theligonum cynocrambe is a ANNUAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft). The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Cynocrambe prostrata.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; North Wall. In. East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[2, 46, 61, 103]. A sub-acid flavour, it is used as a spinach substitute though it is slightly purgative[2].

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Medicinal Uses

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Laxative

Laxative[46, 61].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have no details on the cultivation needs of this species, see the plants native habitat for ideas. The plant is occasionally cultivated for its edible leaves in the Mediterranean[1].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. We are not sure if this plant is frost-hardy, it might be worth sowing the seed in a greenhouse and planting out after the last expected frosts.

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Found In

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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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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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   Dec 30 2011 12:00AM

I got a taste of Dog Cabbage yesterday in the hills East of Tel Aviv. It appears we have a very tasty salad herb here, and it should be domesticated ASAP. I will actively look for seed material during January, and I will try to convince some research lab to make a tetraploid! Corn Salad is unavailable and sorely missed here in Israel, and since Theligonum tastes and feels a lot like it, it could become an acceptable replacement for this Winter treat.

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