ALAINN: “BEAUTIFUL, FINE, LOVELY”. (IRISH) OLD IRISH ÁLAIND‎

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(Silene conoidea)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Silene conoidea
Caryophyllaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is said to be emollient and is used in baths or as a fumigant[240].

    The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of ophthalmia[240].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it does contain saponins. Although toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm. They are also broken down by thorough cooking. Saponins are found in many plants, including several that are often used for food, such as certain beans. It is advisable not to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in situ.
Prefers a well-drained moisture retentive light loamy soil in a sunny position[1, 200].
Mediterranean to E. Asia – India. A casual near ports in Britain.

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