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Aletris farinosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in). It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from May to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.
Grassy or sandy woodlands, in dry or moist peats, sands and gravels, especially on the seashore.
Special features: The tough, fibrous bark if the stalks of Black Indian Hemp was employed by the Indians as a substitute for hemp in making twine, fishing nets, etc.
Culinary use: Leaves are used to make tea.
Medicinal use: Used for gynaecological disorders or 'female complaints'.
used in the treatment of diarrhoea, rheumatism and jaundice.
A tea of the leaves has been used in the treatment of colic, stomach disorders, dysentery and bloody dysentery.
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