Herb latin name: Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana
Synonyms: Fothergilla involucrata, Parrotia jacquemontiana, Parrotiopsis involucrata
Family: Hamamelidaceae (Witch-hazel Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana:Forest undergrowth, 1500 - 2100 metres. Abundant on north-facing slopes, often forming pure stands.
Other uses of the herb:The branches are very strong and flexible. They are used in basket making and can also be twisted together into thick ropes for making bridges. Wood - hard, heavy, very close grained. Used for walking sticks, tent pegs, axe handles etc.
Propagation of Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. It can take 18 months to germinate. Sow stored seed as soon as it is received in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Layering in April. Takes 12 months. Very high percentage.
Cultivation of the herb:Forest undergrowth, 1500 - 2100 metres. Abundant on north-facing slopes, often forming pure stands.
Medicinal use of Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana:None known
Known hazards of Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.