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Myricaria squamosa is a Deciduous Shrub
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
E. Asia - Himalayas from Afghanistan to central Nepal and eastern Tibet.
Along the sides of rivers and streams in the lower subalpine to upper alpine zones. River sides in mountains, sandy places on lake sides at elevations of 2400 - 4600 metres[
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 entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, where it is considered to have an astringent taste and a cooling potency[
]. Antitussive and febrifuge, it localizes poison, ripens pimples and dries up serous fluids[
]. It is used in the treatment of inflammation due to poisoning, the spreading of fever from various infections, pimples that do not ripen, coughing, accumulation of serous fluids in bone joints, and meat poisoning[
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[