(Bongardia chrysogonum)

Perennial
B. rauwolfia. Leontice chrysogonum.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bongardia chrysogonum
Berberidaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    A treatment for epilepsy[89].

  • Edible Use

    Tuber – baked or boiled[2, 74, 105, 183].

    The leaves are eaten raw or cooked in the same manner as sorrel[2, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in the greenhouse[200], putting about 3 -4 seeds in each pot. Use deep pots since the seedlings produce a contractile root that can pull themselves down to a depth of 15 – 30cm before sending up their first leaf[130]. The seed germinates in autumn and the first leaf appears in the spring[130]. Grow the plants on in the greenhouse for at least 3 years before planting them out. Division is sometimes suggested as a means of increase, but is not possible for this species[130].
Requires a well-drained sandy soil[1, 200]. Strongly dislikes wet conditions[1]. Plants must have hot, dry conditions during their summer dormancy and must not be allowed to become too wet in winter, therefore they are best grown in a bulb frame[90, 130, 200]. Plants can be very long lived[200].
N. Africa to W. Asia – Syria to Iran.

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