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Ferula szowitziana is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Dry stony slopes and salty steppes, 800 - 2150 metres in Turkey[
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[
This plant is a source of the gum 'Sagapen resin'[
]. It is little used but has the scent of the gum 'Galbanum', which is obtained from several other members of this genus[
]. It is obtained from wounds made in the stem[
]. It is a resin and is collected by removing soil from around the top of the root and then cutting a slice off the root[
]. It is used medicinally in plasters[
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.