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Common Name: Jalap
Ipomoea jalapa is a Evergreen Climber up to 3.00 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
Southern N. America - Mexico.
Woodland on the eastern slopes of the Mexican Andes.
Requires a well-drained humus-rich soil in a sunny position[
This species is not very frost tolerant[
], though it might be possible to grow it outdoors in a very sheltered position in the mildest areas of Britain.
Either cut the plant back or thin out the shoots in the spring[
The tuber is a resinous acrid herb with an unpleasant taste that is often used as a purgative[
]. It is taken internally in the treatment of constipation, colic and intestinal parasites[
]. The root is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse.
Semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.