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helichrysum stoechas - (L.)Moench.

Common Name
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry banks, rocks and sands.
Range S. and W. Europe.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
helichrysum stoechas


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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helichrysum stoechas is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Deobstruent;  Diaphoretic;  Emollient;  Expectorant.

The stem tops and the flowers are deobstruent and expectorant[4]. They have been used in the treatment of colds[4] but their use is now considered to be obsolete[238]. The flowers have been used as diaphoretics and discutients[4].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a light well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered position[1, 200]. Intolerant of excessive moisture[1]. Established plants are drought resistant[190]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to about -10°c[200]. An aromatic plant with beautiful foliage, there are several named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].

Propagation

Seed - sow February/March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 3 weeks at 20°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5cm with a heel, June/July in a frame. Roots in 4 weeks. Good percentage[78].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Author

(L.)Moench.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

   May 20 2012 12:00AM

This plant grows profusely in the wild where I live inland in Malaga province Andalucia, Spain. It comes into flower in April and May. By June most wild flowers have seeded. A local man has told me they are called Mantequilla de la terra (butter of the earth)and can be eaten. He said you put them into water but his accent and my poor Spanish meant that I understood no more.

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