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Actaea spicata is a perennial found in areas such as Most of Europe, including Britain, through temperate and arctic Asia to China. A member of the Ranunculaceae family, Actaea spicata L is also known by its common name of Herb Christopher. The perennial can grow to a height of 0.5 meters and up to 0.5 meters wide. The preferred habitat of Ash woods on limestone and in damp stony woods to 1500 metres[13, 17]., with LMH soil and FS moisture levels. .
Herb Christopher is a zone 5 hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Herb Christopher is 1The root is antispasmodic, cytostatic, emetic, nervine and purgative[4, 17, 65, 240]. In Canada the root is used in the treatment of snakebite. It is also considered useful in the treatment of nervous disorders and rheumatic fever. In India it is used in the treatment of rheumatism, goitre and asthma. This remedy should be used with some caution, see the notes above on toxicity.
Actaea spicata is 0 plant, whose flowers bloom typically in 5 - 6, and which is pollinated by Beetles, flies.
Known hazards of the plant: All parts of plant are poisonous but rarely fatal[4, 10, 13, 19, 65, 76].
Cultivation tips: Succeeds in most conditions, but prefers a humus-rich moist soil in light shade doing well amongst shrubs and in light woods[1, 200]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes.
. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - best sown as
soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame or outdoors in a moist shaded seedbed. The seed has a limited viability, it can also be sown in spring in a cold frame but germination rates may be poor. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer of the following year. Division in March or October.