Bubon garganicum Ten.
Libanotis sicula (L.) Crantz
Tinguarra sicula (L.) Benth. & Hook.f.
Athamanta sicula is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing 30 - 100cm tall from a taproot[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Europe - C. and S. Italy; N. Africa - Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia
Vertical cliffs of a calcareous nature, at elevations from 100 - 1,500 metres[
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Species in this genus generally succeed in most soils[
], preferring a well-drained soil in full sun[
The long tap root is susceptible to rot in wet winters[
Root - raw or cooked. Somewhat celery-like[
An infusion of the fresh roots is used as a diuretic in the treatment of diseases of the urinary tract, and to dissolve kidney stones[
The essential oil in the plant, especially the apiol and myristicin content, showed significant antiproliferative activity on several cancer cell lnes[
An essential oil in the plant is rich in apiol[
]. It has been shown that, when the essential oil is coated over steel, it is an effective inhibitor of hydrochloric acid corrosion[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame[
]. Germination usually takes place within 3 - 6 weeks at 13°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
The seed can also be sown in situ as soon as the soil is workable in the spring[
Division in spring, with care[