(Atraphaxis spinosa)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Atraphaxis spinosa
Polygonaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    The plant is a source of a yellowish-white manna-like substance that is eaten as a food or used in making sweetmeats[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. 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. Seedlings are prone to damp off so should be watered with care and kept well ventilated[200]. Cuttings of soft wood in early summer in a frame[200]. Layering in spring[200].
Requires a sunny position in a light well-drained soil of low to moderate fertility[182, 200]. Succeeds in the rock garden or on a sunny stony bank[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -10¡c so long as the soil is not wet over the winter[200]. The tiny flowers have long lasting petals[182]. This species is closely related to A. frutescens[200]. Any pruning should be restricted to the removal of branch tips every second or third year during the spring in order to maintain a neat compact habit[200]. Established specimens resent root disturbance[200].
S.E. Europe to W. Asia.

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