Herb latin name: Cotoneaster microphyllus
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Medicinal use of Cotoneaster microphyllus:The stolons are said to be astringent.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Trailing on rocks or spreading on grassy hillsides, 1200 - 5400 metres. Rocky slopes, rocky mountain areas, thickets and river valleysat elevations of 2000 - 4200 metres.
Edible parts of Cotoneaster microphyllus:Fruit - raw. It is sweet when fully ripe. A watery flavour. It is possibly edible. The fruit is about 7mm in diameter.
Other uses of the herb:A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit. The leaves are used for incense. The plant has an extensive root system and a creeping habit above ground. It makes a good soil binder. The sub-species C. microphyllus cochleatus can be used as a ground cover plant in a sunny position. It forms a dense carpet of growth. The branches are used for making baskets. Wood - hard, close and even grained. Used for fuel.
Propagation of Cotoneaster microphyllus:Seed. Members of this genus hybridize freely so, if you require seed that breeds true, it is important to obtain it from a known wild source or from a controlled fertilization of garden plants. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame, when it will usually germinate in the spring. Stored seed germinates faster if given 3 months warm stratification at 15°C and then 3 months cold stratification at 4°C. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 18 months at 15°C but it can take 2 years. Pot the seedlings up as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into nursery beds or into their permanent positions when they are more than 10cm tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame.
Cultivation of the herb:Trailing on rocks or spreading on grassy hillsides, 1200 - 5400 metres. Rocky slopes, rocky mountain areas, thickets and river valleysat elevations of 2000 - 4200 metres.
Known hazards of Cotoneaster microphyllus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.