Herb latin name: Incarvillea delavayi


Family: Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-creeper Family)



Edible parts of Incarvillea delavayi:

Leaves and young shoots - cooked. A famine food, it is only used when all else fails. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
40 cm
(1 foot)

Flowering:
May to
June

Habitat of the herb:

Grassy places and scrub around 2000 metres. Pastures and open grassland, 2400 - 3500 metres, but it is now uncommon in its native range.

Propagation of Incarvillea delavayi:

Seed - sow autumn or spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Grow on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out into their permanent positions in spring after the last expected frosts. Division with care in early spring or autumn.

Cultivation of the herb:

Grassy places and scrub around 2000 metres. Pastures and open grassland, 2400 - 3500 metres, but it is now uncommon in its native range.

Medicinal use of Incarvillea delavayi:

None known

Known hazards of Incarvillea delavayi:

One report suggests that the plant might be slightly toxic.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.