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Aesculus hippocastanum

Marronnier
Horse Chestnut

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

75 mm

Flowering months

May

Leaf type

Digitate

Height

35 m

Description

Deciduous, native to south-east Europe where the seeds were used as fodder; also to treat coughs in horses and cattle.

Flowers

The flowers appear in early summer, usually white with red splashes, erect, arranged in a conical shape.

Leaves

Digitate leaflets are finger-like. 5-7 leaflets, all radiating from a base point. Each leaflet is 13-30 cm long. The buds are resinous.

Fruits Seeds

Bur: spiny, green, containing a brown seed, the ‘conker’.

Medical

Bark and seeds: anti-inflammatory, strengthen arteries and veins; used to treat haemorrhoids.

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