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Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum.
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Description for Cloves

The clove tree is an evergreen that grows up to 8 to 12 m tall, with large leaves and crimson flowers grouped in terminal clusters. The flower buds initially have a pale hue, gradually turn green, then transition to a bright red when ready for harvest.
Clove tree trunk has smooth bark with grayish-yellow aromatic foliage. It is a slow growing but a long-lived tree and can exceed 100 years of age easily.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Clove Yellow to Crimson April 8 to 12 m easy to grow

Planting and care

Clove trees require a warm, humid climate with 50 to 70 inches of rainfall annually and a minimum temperature of 59 degrees F

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun to part shade Fertile loam, well-drained soil Medium 59 degrees F to 75 degrees F Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Cloves

    The seeds can be directly planted, or soaked in water overnight to remove the outer lining. Northern gardeners should mulch heavily with straw for overwintering. Mulch should be removed in the spring after the threat of frost has passed. (Young shoots cannot survive in temps below 20 degrees F on their own. Keep them under cover)

Typical uses of Cloves

Special features: Although this shrub can appear somewhat unkempt as it ages, the aromatic flowers, edible fruits and summer foliage provide good ornamental value and tasty fruit. Group in shrub borders, open woodland areas or near patios. Informal hedge or screen.

Culinary use: Used as spice

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: The active principles in the clove are known to have antioxidant, antiseptic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties. The spice contains health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol.

References

  • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-199236
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=m110
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/risearch/search.php?query=Ribes+odoratum&stpos=0&stype=AND
  • Balch, Phyllis and Balch, James. Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd ed., Avery Publishing, 2000, p. 94
  • https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/clove-tree/clove-tree-information.htm
  • http://www.motherearthliving.com/plant-profile/an-herb-to-know-clove

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