Herb latin name: Weigela hortensis


Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)



Edible parts of Weigela hortensis:

Young leaves - cooked. A famine food, they are only used when all else fails. A tea is made from the leaves.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
5 m
(16 feet)

Flowering:
May to
June


Scent:
Scented
Shrub

Habitat of the herb:

Common on sunny hills and mountains at elevations of 20 - 1800 metres.

Propagation of Weigela hortensis:

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in late winter or early spring. 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. Softwood basal cuttings, 10 - 12cm long, in a sandy soil in a cold frame in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 8 - 10 cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth. 20 cm long, November in a sheltered outdoor nursery bed.

Cultivation of the herb:

Common on sunny hills and mountains at elevations of 20 - 1800 metres.

Medicinal use of Weigela hortensis:

None known

Known hazards of Weigela hortensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.