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Description for Serenoa repens silver
Serenoa repens, commonly known as saw palmetto, is the sole species currently classified in the genus Serenoa.
Planting and care
Plants do not thrive in Zones 9 to 10 without a period of refrigeration; they need a cold, dormant period. Select a site with soil that drains well. How can you tell? After a good rain, find a spot that is the first to dry out. Water trapped beneath the scales may rot the bulb, so a well-drained site is essential.
Caring for Serenoa repens silver
- Diligently water your plants. Soak the entire root zone at least twice a week in dry summer weather. Avoid frequent shallow sprinklings, which wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t reach the deeper roots and may encourage fungus. Plants do best with 90 inches of rain per year, so unless you live in a rain forest, water regularly.
Typical uses of Serenoa repens silver
Special features: Provides color and contrast for the herb garden, wild garden, native plant garden, meadow or naturalized area.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Saw palmetto extract. Saw palmetto extract is an extract of the fruit of Serenoa repens. It is rich in fatty acids and phytosterols. It has been used in traditional, eclectic, and alternative medicine to treat a variety of conditions, in particular benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
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