Asphodel (Asphodelus albus)

Perennial
A. macrocarpus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Asphodel
Asphodelus albus
Asphodelaceae

An alcohol can be obtained from the fermented roots[7].

  • Medicinal Use

    The tubers are antidermatosic, detergent, emollient and vulnerary[7]. They are mainly used externally in the treatment of skin conditions and for lightening freckles[7]. They have also been employed internally as a cough remedy[7]. The tubers are harvested in the spring and dried for later use[7]. Use internally with caution, especially if you are suffering from nephritis or gastritis[7].

  • Edible Use

    The root was at one time eaten as a food but, since it contains the alkaloid asphodeline, this is not really very advisable[7].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The root is poisonous[7].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow March/April in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place in 1 – 3 months at 15¡c[134]. 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. When the plants are large enough to handle, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division in early spring or autumn[111].
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, tolerating partial shade[200]. Requires a well-drained soil and a sheltered position[42]. Prefers a deep rich sandy loamy soil[1, 111]. Prefers a soil that is not too rich and a sunny position[200]. Grows well on hot dry banks and in thin grass[42, 200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190]. Plants are hardy to about -15¡c[187]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].
S. Europe.

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