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Tordylium apulum - L.

Common Name Roman Pimpernel, Mediterranean hartwort
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cultivated and waste ground, also along the sides of tracks in the Mediterranean[50, 89].
Range Europe to W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Tordylium apulum Roman Pimpernel, Mediterranean hartwort


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Tordylium apulum Roman Pimpernel, Mediterranean hartwort
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Tordylium apulum is a PERENNIAL. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Concylocarpus apulus.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The young plant is used as a vegetable in Greece[46, 61, 183]. In Italy it is used as a condiment[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame or greenhouse in early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter, planting them out after the last expected frosts. Division in spring might be possible.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

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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Botanical References

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Readers comment

Eleni   Sat Aug 15 2009

This is a popular and delicious wild green eaten in Greece.

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