Ranunculaceae: A scrambling hedgerow perennial to 20m. Found mainly on chalky soils, but not limited to them. The flowers are creamy-white, with prominent stamens, borne in clusters, flowering from July-August. The clusters of seeds form woolly whitish plumes, these give the plants common name of Old Man’s Beard. The leaves are divided into 3-5 leaflets. Locally common in central and Southern England, and Wales. Native to Europe, including Britain, from the Netherlands south and east to North Africa and the Caucasus.
The leaves are analgesic, diuretic and rubefacient, the boiled roots and stems are used as a cure for the itch. When applied in the nostrils, the plant juice has been used to relieve migraine attacks, but it can also destroy the mucous membranes. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant, can be used in the treatment of rheumatism and skin eruptions.
Sow seed as soon as it is obtained in a cold frame. Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and remove as much of the tail and outer coat as possible, a period of cold stratification is beneficial. The seed germinates in 1 - 9 months or more at 20°C.
Plants prefer a deep moist alkaline soil with its roots in the shade, but dislike poorly-drained heavy. Plants are hardy to about -18°C. A twining plant, the leafstalks wrap themselves around twigs and branches for support. The flowers are almond-scented, and are produced on the current season's growth. The plant is very amenable to pruning and can be cut back severely if required. This is best done in early spring. Great late season bee plant.
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