Herb latin name: Coluria geoides
Synonyms: Coluria laxmanii, Coluria potentilloides, Dryas geoides
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Edible parts of Coluria geoides:The root is a cinnamon substitute. It smells and tastes strongly of cloves.
Description of the plant:
(11 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Mountains and high mountain steppes, often on stony or rocky slopes, especially along river valleys.
Other uses of Coluria geoides:An essential oil is obtained from the plant (the root?). A substitute for cloves (Eugenia caryophyllata).
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.
Cultivation of Coluria geoides:Mountains and high mountain steppes, often on stony or rocky slopes, especially along river valleys.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Coluria geoides:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.