Herb latin name: Bongardia chrysogonum
Synonyms: Bongardia rauwolfia, Leontice chrysogonum
Family: Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)
Medicinal use of Bongardia chrysogonum:A treatment for epilepsy.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Steppes, amongst field crops on clayey and solonetzic slopes.
Edible parts of Bongardia chrysogonum:Tuber - baked or boiled. The leaves are eaten raw or cooked in the same manner as sorrel.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the greenhouse, 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. The seed germinates in autumn and the first leaf appears in the spring. 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.
Cultivation of Bongardia chrysogonum:Steppes, amongst field crops on clayey and solonetzic slopes.
Known hazards of Bongardia chrysogonum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.