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Common Name: Opopanax
Opopanax chironium is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
Stony ground, olive groves, vineyards etc[
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any good garden soil[
]. It can tolerate very considerable neglect, some plants we were growing were left to fend for themselves in very dense weed growth and survived well for 8 years before being moved to another site[
We are not sure how hardy this plant is, but the foliage has withstood short periods of temperatures down to -6°c with us[
A warm climate is necessary in order to produce good quality gum[
Plants seem to be very tolerant of root disturbance, specimens that had been growing for 4 years in one site grew away very well when transplanted as they came into growth in late autumn[
The gum (an oleo resin according to one report) that is obtained from the base of the stems is antispasmodic and deobstruent[
]. It is nowadays considered to be a medium of feeble powers though it was at one time widely used in the treatment of menstrual disorders, asthma, chronic visceral afflictions etc[
A gum is obtained through incisions in the roots at the base of the stems[
]. It is used in perfumery[
] and also in medicines[
]. The gum is inflammable, burning brightly[
Seed - sow spring in situ.
If seed is in short supply then it is best to sow it in a pot in the greenhouse in early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer.