Herb latin name: Philadelphus purpurascens
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Philadelphus purpurascens:Alpine scrub, 2750 - 3200 metres. Mixed forests, thickets and mountain slopes at elevations of 2200 - 3500 metres.
Other uses of the herb:The leaves are rich in saponins, when crushed and mixed with water they produce a lather that is an effective cleaner, used on the body, clothes etc. You can wash your hands by merely picking a couple of leaves or a bunch of blossom, wetting your hands and then rubbing the plant material vigorously as if it was a bar of soap. This soap is a very gentle cleaner that does not remove the body's natural oils, but does remove dirt. It is not very effective against oil. Plants can be grown as an informal hedge or screen.
Propagation of Philadelphus purpurascens:Seed - best if given 1 months cold stratification. Sow February in a light position 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, 7 - 10cm long side-shoots, July/August in a shaded frame. Plant out in spring. High percentage. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, 15 - 25cm with a heel, December in a sheltered bed outdoors. Fair to good percentage. Layering in summer. Very easy.
Cultivation of the herb:Alpine scrub, 2750 - 3200 metres. Mixed forests, thickets and mountain slopes at elevations of 2200 - 3500 metres.
Medicinal use of Philadelphus purpurascens:None known
Known hazards of Philadelphus purpurascens:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.