(Coptis occidentalis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Coptis occidentalis
Ranunculaceae

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

Can be grown as a ground cover plant in the peat garden[200].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention of toxicity has been found for this species, it belongs to a family that contains many species that are mildly toxic and so it is wise to treat this plant with some caution.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in an ericaceous compost[164]. Seal the pot in a polythene bag until germination takes place, which is usually within 1 – 6 months at 10¡c[164]. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible. Four weeks cold stratification may be beneficial[164]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a shady part of the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in mid-autumn or in spring. Division in spring[200].
Requires a light moist humus-rich slightly acidic soil with a northerly aspect or light shade[1, 200]. This species is closely related to C. laciniata[200].
Western N. America – Idaho, Montana and Washington.

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