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Myricaria elegans is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 3.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
E. Asia - W. Himalayas, Tibet.
Stony slopes, especially in Ladakh, 2700 - 4000 metres[
]. River banks, sandy places on lake sides at elevations of 3000 - 4300 metres in Tibet[
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 should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a fertile well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold drying winds[
]. Tolerates chalk soils[
The leaves are used externally as a poultice on bruises[
The wood is used as a fuel[
Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. 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.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, late autumn to January in a sandy propagating mix in an open frame[