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Pachyphragma macrophylla is a Evergreen Perennial up to 0.30 metres tall.
It has edible and miscellaneous uses.
W. Asia - N.E. Turkey to W. Caucasus. Naturalized in Britain.
Wet beech forests to elevations of 1900 metres in Turkey[
Requires a leafy soil and a damp shady position[
]. Another report says that it succeeds in dry soils and, once established, tolerates drought[
]. Succeeds in heavy clays[
]. Very shade tolerant[
]. Succeeds in full sun or partial shade[
Possibly hardy to about -15°c[
Plants have persistent basal rosettes[
It would be worthwhile trying out the leaves of this species for edibility. They are almost certainly not poisonous[
An excellent weed-smothering ground cover plant for shady areas[
]. The plants have persistent basal rosettes but only achieve full ground cover from mid or late spring until early winter each year[
Seed - sow autumn in a greenhouse[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring[
]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
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.