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PlantFiles: Stinking Goosefoot
Chenopodium vulvaria

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Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Chenopodium (ken-oh-POH-dee-um) (Info)
Species: vulvaria

Synonym:Chenopodium olidum

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Category:
Annuals
Herbs

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Aromatic

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral saya On Mar 6, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

"....The leaves and seeds of all members of this genus are more or less edible. However, many of the species in this genus contain saponins, though usually in quantities too small to do any harm...Leaves and flower buds - cooked and used like spinach. The raw leaves should only be eaten in small quantities, see the notes above on toxicity. Although edible, the smell of the leaves would discourage most people from using this plant..(nauseous odour of stale salt fish)...Gold/green dyes can be obtained from the whole plant.." from Plants For A Future Database Search.



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