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Ferula caspica is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
S. E. Europe to Turkey, Russia, Tibet and Mongolia.
Dry saline soils in S. and E. Ukraine and south-eastern. Russia[
]. Low mountain slopes in rocky crevices in northern Tibet[
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 some parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in most soils[
]. Prefers a deep fertile soil in a sunny position[
Plants have a long taproot and are intolerant of root disturbance[
]. They should be planted into their final positions as soon as possible.
Monocarpic, the plant takes some years before it flowers and dies after flowering[
The gum resin, obtained from the roots, is anthelmintic, carminative, digestive and expectorant[
]. It is used in the treatment of indigestion, dysentery, tumours, parasitic and anthelmintic infections[
The essential oil in the resin can be expelled through the lungs and so is used in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough[
Seed - best sown as soon as the seed is ripe in a greenhouse in autumn[
]. Otherwise sow in mid spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Plant them out into their permanent positions whilst still small because the plants dislike root disturbance[
]. Give the plants a protective mulch for at least their first winter outdoors.
Division in autumn. This may be inadvisable due to the plants dislike of root disturbance.