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.
Common name(s): unicorn root, crow-corn, white colic-root or white stargrass
Flower colours: White
Bloom time: May-Aug
Max reachable height: 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in)
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow
Planting and care
Grassy or sandy woodlands, in dry or moist peats, sands and gravels, especially on the seashore.
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temperature: -10 and -15Â°c.
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertizer
Caring for Aletris farinosa
Divide clump-forming perennials and most ornamental grasses in the late fall or late winter into individual plants, each with a piece of stem, crown (body), and roots.
Sow seed of perennials such as coneflowers, coreopsis, etc in the late summer or late spring, keeping them moist and giving them enough time to sprout and grow roots before extreme cold or hot weather.
Typical uses of Aletris farinosa
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.