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Codonopsis ovata - Benth.

Common Name
Family Campanulaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocks and alpine slopes of the eastern Himalayas, usually amongst shrubs, 3000 - 4200 metres[51, 145].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas - Pakistan to Kashmir.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Codonopsis ovata


L. Roberts
Codonopsis ovata
L. Roberts

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Codonopsis ovata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked. It can be dried and ground into a powder[105]. A famine food, used when all else fails[145].

Medicinal Uses



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Poultice.

The roots and leaves are used to make a poultice for the treatment of bruises, ulcers and wounds[211, 240].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a well-drained fertile light soil in full sun or semi shade[1, 200]. Plants only succeed in full sun if the soil remains moist during the growing season[200]. Prefers a slightly acid soil[164]. Dormant plants are hardy to about -20°c, but this species is not easy to grow in cultivation[187]. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. This species is not as cold tolerant as most members of the genus, it is best given a good mulch in the winter[200]. The plant resents root disturbance and should be planted out into its permanent position as soon as possible[164]. It is best grown on a high bank in order to give a good view of the flowers[1]. The flowers, when inhaled near to, have the unpleasant odour of fur - likened by some to the smell of ferrets[245]. Plants are very susceptible to the ravages of slugs. The young shoots in spring are particularly at risk, though older growth is also eaten[K].

Propagation

Seed - surface sow in spring to early summer in an ericaceous compost in a greenhouse. Do not allow the compost to dry out. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 6 weeks at 20°c[164]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer and protect them from slugs until the plants are well established[K]. Division in spring, with care, since the plant resents root disturbance[200]. We have found it best to take small divisions that are teased out from the sides of the main clump so as to cause the least possible disturbance to the plants and to avoid having to dig up the clump. These small divisions need to be potted up and placed in light shade in a greenhouse until they are rooting well. They can be planted out into their permanent positions in the summer if they are large enough, otherwise in the following spring[K].

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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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