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Veronicastrum sibiricum - (L.)Pennell.

Common Name Blackroot
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassy areas in mountains and lowlands[279]. Trailsides, grassy slopes and thickets at elevatins below 2500 metres in northern China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea, Siberia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Veronicastrum sibiricum Blackroot


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Veronicastrum sibiricum Blackroot

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Veronicastrum sibiricum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in flower from July to September. 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

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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The root is antimicrobial and hepatic[279]. It is used in Korea in the treatment of the common cold and as a liver tonic[279].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moderately fertile moisture retentive well drained soil[200]. Prefers cool summers[200]. Prefers a sunny position[188].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow autumn in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient quantity the seed can be sown outdoors in situ in the autumn or the spring. Division in autumn or spring[200]. 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 until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation 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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Author

(L.)Pennell.

Botanical References

266

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Readers comment

lisa   Fri Jul 20 2007

there is also a native american medicine called black root. is this the same plant?I am trying to find a photo of this north american black root plant.

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