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Common Name: Roman Pimpernel
Tordylium apulum is a Perennial
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Europe to W. Asia.
Cultivated and waste ground, also along the sides of tracks in the Mediterranean[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.
The young plant is used as a vegetable in Greece[
]. In Italy it is used as a condiment[
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame or greenhouse in early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter, planting them out after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring might be possible.