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Vaccaria hispanica

Saponaire des vaches
Cow Basil

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

8-16 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

60 cm

Description

An erect, hairless plant found all over Europe. It has many names, Cow Herb, Cow Soapworts and others. Once popular as a garden plant, quite easy to grow. Tolerant to different types of soil, moist but well-drained.

Cultivated, waste and fallow land.

Flowers

The flowers are long stalked in a loose, branched inflorescence, with or without notched petals. The calyx has 5 broad wings.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Grey-green, waxy, oval to long, wider in the middle, pointed, encircling the stem. Margins not serrated.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule.

Medical

Used in Chinese medicine. It is reputed to be a diuretic, to encourage milk secretion, to activate blood circulation and relieve swellings.

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