Herb latin name: Lychnis fulgens
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family, Starwort Family)
Edible parts of Lychnis fulgens:Young plant - cooked.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Meadows and shrub thickets. Woodlands on low hills, wet shady scrub meadows.
Other uses of Lychnis fulgens:Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, the root of several members of this genus contains saponins, a soap substitute used for washing clothes, hair etc. It is extracted by boiling the roots in water. Do not overboil the roots because this will break down the saponins.
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 plant them out in the summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in spring or early autumn though this requires more seed. 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 spring.
Cultivation of Lychnis fulgens:Meadows and shrub thickets. Woodlands on low hills, wet shady scrub meadows.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Lychnis fulgens:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.