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Red Bryony (Bryonia dioica)

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Red Bryony (Bryonia dioica)
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Item number
BRY01
Seed quantity:
20 Pcs.
Botanical name:
B. cretica ssp. dioica, Bryonia dioica
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Description

The red bryony is a decorative but poisonous climbing plant with red berries. The red-fruited bryony, also known as English Mandrake, is an ancient Mediterranean medicinal and magic plant belonging to the cucumber family. In the Middle Ages, it was
a widespread con by travelling salesmen to carve up the 70 cm long tuberous roots of the red bryony and sell them as magic mandrakes in amulets. Although the combination of active ingredients can not be compared between those two plants, this climbing plant also has an interesting ethnobotanical history.

The root was said to have a special curative power concerning leprosy, and its laxative effect was already known in the Middle Ages. A spoonful of a preparation made of bryony root soaked in beer for a couple of days was a proven home remedy for constipation. Apart from its usefulness in popular medicine, it is very attractive as an ornamental plant wWith its beautiful vines and red berries, but beware of its poison!

20 red bryony seeds

Growing instructions

The bryony is a fast-growing perennial climber. Sowing in the garden is possible beginning in April. Likes sunny places and nutritious soil.

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Cucurbitaceae
Plant height approx.:
2–4 m
Root system :
Taproot
Flower colour:
Green, White
Flowering period :
August, July, June, September
Location:
Sun
Water requirements:
Watering during dry periods
Lifecycle :
Perennial, Vivacious
Winter hardy up to:
–15 °C

Sowing & cultivation

Sowing time outdoors:
April, May
Sowing depth:
1 – 2 cm

Companion planting

Other names

German names:
Rot–Zaunrübe, Rotbeerige Zaunrübe, Rote Zaunrübe, Rotfrüchtige Zaunrübe, Zweihäusige Zaunrübe
English names:
English mandrake, Ladies' seal, Red bryony, White bryony
French names:
Bryone dioïque, Navet du diable
Spanish names:
Brionia blanca, Espárrago, Nabo del diablo, Nueza, Parra
Italian names:
Vite bianca

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