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Pentaglottis sempervirens is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
W. Europe. Possibly native to S.W. England.
Damp shady places or by roads and in hedges near the sea[
Prefers a moist humus rich soil in light dappled shade or full shade[
] but also succeeds in full sun.
Hardy to at least -10°c[
Plants can self-sow to the point of nuisance[
]. The tap-root is brittle and resprouts readily making eradication difficult[
Flowers - raw. They have a mild flavour and mucilaginous texture and are mainly used as an ornament in fruit drinks and salads[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[
]. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant out in late spring.
Alternatively, if you have sufficient seed, it can be sown in spring in situ.
Division or root cuttings in spring[