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Chimaphila umbellata - Plant

chimaphila-umbellata
chimaphila-umbellata
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Chimaphila umbellata is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a slow rate.
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Description for Chimaphila umbellata

Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant spread:

Chimaphila umbellata is a small perennial flowering plant found in dry woodlands, or sandy soils. It is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere.

Common name(s): Chim,Chimaphila umbellata (Umbellate Wintergreen, Pipsissewa, or Princes pine)
Flower colours: Pink.
Bloom time: July to August
Max reachable height: 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in)
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow

Planting and care

Growing plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed. Seeds of plants flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Medium
Temperature: 40F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Chimaphila umbellata

    Deadhead to prolong flowering. Maintain moderate soil moisture and fertilize lightly. plant will die with the first frost.

Typical uses of Chimaphila umbellata

Special features: The leaves are nibbled[177], brewed into a tea or used as a flavouring in root beer. They have a delicious scent and flavour. An extract of the leaves is used to flavour candy and soft drinks. In Mexico the herb is used in the preparation of navaitai , an alcoholic beverage produced from sprouted maize. A tea can be made from an infusion of the stems and roots.

Culinary use: na

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Pipsissewa was much used by many tribes of native North American Indians to induce sweating and treat fevers, including typhus[254, 257]. The plant contains hydroquinones which have a pronounced disinfectant effect within the urinary tract and modern day herbalism mainly employs the plant to treat urinary problems such as cystitis and urethritis[254].

References

  • http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Chimaphila+umbellata

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