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Wild Spaniard (Aciphylla colensoi)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wild Spaniard
Aciphylla colensoi

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked. Aromatic[173].

    The plant yields a resin that is used as a chewing gum[173].

    Shoots[173]. No further details.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe[200]. Stored seed should be sown in a greenhouse in late winter or early spring. Germination can be very slow. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter before planting them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Requires a perfectly drained gritty soil in full sun[233]. Prefers a climate with rather damp air[233]. Plants are hardy to about -10¡c and are succeeding outdoors in a mild garden in N. Ireland[233]. Dioecious. Female plants sometimes have a few male flowers but usually male and female plants must be grown if seed is required[200].
New Zealand.

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