Herb latin name: Spiraea canescens
Synonyms: Spiraea flagelliformis, Spiraea rotundifolia
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 foot)
Habitat of Spiraea canescens:Scrub and hedges, 1500 - 3000 metres. Open hillsides above 2100 metres in Uttar Pradesh. Riverbanks, slope thickets and dry fields, 3000-4000 metres in western China.
Other uses of the herb:Wood - fairly hard, close and even grained. Used for light walking sticks.
Propagation of Spiraea canescens:Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame if possible. It is likely to require stratification before it germinates, so stored seed should be sown in a cold frame as early in the year as you receive it. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a light sandy soil a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, 15cm long, October/November in an outdoor frame. Another report says that September is a good time to do this. Division of suckers in early spring. They can be planted out straight into their permanent positions.
Cultivation of the herb:Scrub and hedges, 1500 - 3000 metres. Open hillsides above 2100 metres in Uttar Pradesh. Riverbanks, slope thickets and dry fields, 3000-4000 metres in western China.
Medicinal use of Spiraea canescens:None known
Known hazards of Spiraea canescens:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.