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Useful Temperate Plants

Lappula squarrosa

(Retz.)Dumort.

Boraginaceae


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+ Synonyms

Common Name: Spiny Stickseed

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General Information

Lappula squarrosa is a Annual up to 0.60 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.

Known Hazards

The leaves and stems are covered in stiff hairs which are irritating to skin[
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Botanical References


Range

Europe - most areas except the extreme north and west.

Habitat

Roadsides, waste places, around buildings and overgrazed ranges and cultivated fields[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Best grown in a sunny position.
A prolific seed producer, the seeds are readily spread on animal hair and clothing due to the hooked spines on the seeds[
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The plant has a characteristic smell similar to a mouse infested building[
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Edible Uses

The seed contains up to 25% oil - this is rich in essential fatty acids, including stearidonic acid[
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Medicinal

The oil in the seed is antiinflammatory[
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ. The seed can be autumn or spring sown.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2018-08-21. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Lappula+squarrosa>

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