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Delphinium cashmerianum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.45 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
All parts of the plant are toxic[
]. The plant is most toxic when it is young[
E. Asia - Western Himalayas in Kashmir and Tibet.
Alpine areas from 3000 to 4800 metres[
Prefers a rich well-drained soil that stays moist in the summer[
]. Dislikes water-logged soils[
], it is liable to die out in heavy soils over winter[
]. Requires an open sunny position[
Plants are generally hardy to about -20°c[
A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[
Grows well in the rock garden[
This species is closely related to C. brunonianum[
One report says that the roots are used medicinally, but gives no further details[
The following uses are for the closely related D. brunonianum. They probably also apply for this species:-
A parasiticide is obtained from the leaves[
]. It is quite toxic and so is for external use only. In the Himalayas it is only used to destroy ticks on animals[
The seed contains 30% of an oil that has industrial uses[
]. The seed is very small, however, and it would require a large area of plants to obtain reasonable yields.
Seed - sow early to mid spring in a cold frame or May outdoors[
]. Keep moist and in a shady position until germination takes place[
]. The seed has a limited viability so it should be stored in a sealed container at about 3°c[
]. Temperatures above 15°c inhibit germination[
]. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 9 weeks at 15°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Cuttings of basal shoots in mid spring, taken before they become hollow at the base, and planted in a cold frame[
Division in spring[
] or early autumn[