Herb: Siberian Fir
Latin name: Abies sibirica
Family: Pinaceae (Pine Family)
Medicinal use of Siberian Fir:The essential oil obtained from the leaves is antirheumatic, expectorant and stimulant.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Forms extensive forests on cool wet mountainsides in N.E. Russia.
Other uses of Siberian Fir:An essential oil obtained from the leaves is used medicinally. Wood - light, soft, not very durable. Used for construction, furniture and pulp.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow early February in a greenhouse or outdoors in March. Germination is often poor, usually taking about 6 - 8 weeks. Stratification is said to produce a more even germination so it is probably best to sow the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. The seed remains viable for up to 5 years if it is well stored. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for at least their first winter in pots. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Alternatively, if you have sufficient seed, it is possible to sow in an outdoor seedbed. One report says that it is best to grow the seedlings on in the shade at a density of about 550 plants per square metre whilst another report says that they are best grown on in a sunny position.
Cultivation of Siberian Fir:Forms extensive forests on cool wet mountainsides in N.E. Russia.
Known hazards of Abies sibirica:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.