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Common Name: Naked Weed
Chondrilla juncea is a Biennial/Perennial up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
The seeds are said to be poisonous.
S. and W. Europe, north to N. France.
Dry open habitats[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. Judging by its native habitat it probably requires a very well drained light soil in a sunny position.
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A pleasant mild taste, the leaves are a favoured wild salad in France[
The plant can be used as a stomachic[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in early spring in a greenhouse and only just covering the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.