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Delphinium denudatum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
All parts of the plant are toxic[
]. The plant is most toxic when it is young[
E. Asia - Himalayas.
Dry scrubby slopes and forest clearings, 1700 - 2300 metres[
Succeeds in most soils so long as they are rich and well-drained[
]. Intolerant of winter-wet soils[
]. Requires an open sunny position[
This plant is adored by slugs[
A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[
The roots are alterative, bitter, stimulant and tonic[
]. A paste of the rot is used in the treatment of toothache, and also as an adulterant for aconite (from Aconitum spp.)[
A parasiticide is obtained from the leaves[
]. It is quite toxic and so is for external use only.
Seed - sow early to mid spring in a cold frame or May outdoors[
]. Keep moist and in a shady position until germination takes place[
]. The seed has a limited viability so it should be stored in a sealed container at about 3°c[
]. Temperatures above 15°c inhibit germination[
]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 9 weeks at 15°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Cuttings of basal shoots in mid spring, taken before they become hollow at the base, and planted in a cold frame[
Division in spring[
] or early autumn[