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Useful Temperate Plants

Malvastrum lateritium

(Hook.)G.Nicholson.

Malvaceae


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General Information

Malvastrum lateritium is a Evergreen Perennial up to 0.70 metres tall.
It has edible and miscellaneous uses.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern South America - Argentina.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.70 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil. One report says that it grows and flowers best in a sun-baked nitrogen-starved soil, whilst another says that it requires a rich soil to do well.
This species is not very cold tolerant, but will usually survive wnters outdoors in southern Britain.
The plant produes long trailing stems, it is a weak climber, but grows well as a creeping plant where its stems make an effective ground cover.

Edible Uses

Leaves - raw or cooked[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. The young leaves have a pleasant mild flavour with a mucilaginous texture, they make an acceptable addition to a mixed salad[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Flowers - raw[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The plant produces long trailing stems and can be used for ground cover[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown in early spring in a cold frame. The seed germinates quickly and easily. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in protected conditions for their first winter. Plant them out in their permanent positions in the early summer[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
Cuttings of side shoots, mid summer in a cold frame[
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Title
Popular Hardy Perennials.
Publication
 
Author
Sanders. T. W.
Publisher
Collingridge
Year
1926
ISBN
-
Description
A fairly wide range of perennial plants that can be grown in Britain and how to grow them.
].
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2019-08-18. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Malvastrum+lateritium>

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