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Common Name: Larkspur
Consolida ambigua is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
The whole plant is poisonous[
Europe - Mediterranean.
An easily grown plant, it prefers a sunny position in a well-drained soil.
This species is called Consolida ajacis by some botanists[
Larkspur is a greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[
Plants resent root disturbance and should not be transplanted[
Larkspur formerly had a reputation for its ability to consolidate and heal wounds[
], whilst the juice from the leaves is considered to be a remedy for piles and an infusion of the flowers and leaves has been used as a remedy for colicky children[
]. However, the whole plant is very poisonous and it should not be used internally without the guidance of an expert.
Externally, it can be used as a parasiticide[
]. A tincture of the seed is applied externally to kill lice in the hair[
The seed is insecticidal[
]. A tincture made from the seed is said to be effective against hair nits[
]. There is uncertainty as to whether the insecticidal effect is due to the oil or alkaloids in the seed[
The seed contains 39% of a fixed oil, though the report does not say if this is ever exploited[
Seed - sow in succession from spring to early summer in situ. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks[
]. Seedlings transplant badly[
]. An autumn sowing can succeed in areas with mild winters[
]. The seed has a short viability and should not be stored for more than one season[