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Common Name: Lavatera
Lavatera cachemiriana is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2.40 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Asia - Himalayas from Pakistan to Uttar Pradesh.
Humus rich soils[
] in meadows and forest clearings, 1800 - 3600 metres[
]. Wet meadows or sunny slopesat elevations of 540 - 2200 metresin Tibet[
Avery easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in sun or partial shade[
]. Prefers a light well-drained moderately fertile soil in full sun[
]. A soil that is too rich encourages foliar growth at the expense of flowering[
]. Tolerates maritime exposure[
Plants are hardy to about -20°c[
This species is considered by some botanists to be no more than a minor variant of L. thuringiaca[
Young leaves - raw or cooked. A mild flavour, but they are tough and not very worthwhile[
]. When cooked they have a somewhat slimy consistency[
Flowers - raw. Rather bland, but an attractive garnish to a salad[
Demulcent, pectoral, purgative[
A strong fibre is obtained from the stems, it is used for making string, bags, paper etc[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[
]. Germination is usually quick and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer[
Basal cuttings in spring.
Cuttings of softwood in early summer/July[