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(Asphodelus aestivus)

A. microcarpus. A. ramosus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Asphodelus aestivus

The dried tuber is pulverized and mixed with cold water to make a strong glue[4] that is used by bookmakers and shoemakers[61, 89, 148].

A yellow dye is obtained from the tuber[46, 61].

  • Medicinal Use

    The root, gathered at the end of its first year, is acrid, antispasmodic, diuretic, emmenagogue[4]. It was used in the treatment of several diseases by the Greeks and Romans, but is not employed in modern medicine[4].

  • Edible Use

    Tuber – cooked[4]. Rich in starch[89, 177]. Dried and boiled in water it yields a mucilaginous matter which can be mixed with grain to make a nutritious bread[4, 105]. Boiling destroys the acrid principle in the tubers[4], rendering them quite pleasant to eat[K].

    Flowering stalk – cooked[89, 148].

    Seed – roasted[89, 148].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

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[1, 200]. Prefers a deep rich sandy loamy soil[1, 111]. Prefers a sunny position and a soil that is not too rich[200]. Grows well on hot dry banks[42]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[200]. Plants are evergreen in mild winters[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. This species is closely related to A. ramosus[187].
S. Europe. N. Africa. W. Asia.

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