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Common Name: Acalbir
Datisca cannabina is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.80 metres tall.
It has miscellaneous uses.
S. Europe (Crete), to W. Asia.
Banks of streams in rich alluvial soils[
Requires a good deep soil and a sunny position[
]. Plants can be grown in quite coarse grass, which can be cut annually in the autumn[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
]. Give the roots protection from winter frosts by mulching them[
At one time this plant was commonly cultivated as a dye plant[
], but with the advent of chemical dyes it has fallen into disuse.
A dioecious species - both male and female forms must be grown if fruit and seed are required.
A yellow dye is obtained from the leaves, root and stems[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse, only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 weeks at 18°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in the spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
This plant is easily propagated by cuttings[