Sempervivum, rabbit cabbage, or the flower of Jupiter?
There are so many interesting and unknown things around us. Recently, everyone was carried away by crop production. Rock gardens, rose gardens, hanging gardens and other foreign fashionable little things. And in the village, every mistress in the cellar from time immemorial had an alpine slide and a rose garden at the same time.
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I will never forget how my grandmother’s cellar was decorated. Above the cellar’s neck was entwined with periwinkle, a little lower - a few strawberry bushes (there it always ripened earlier - closer to the sun), and further - a large round glade of medicinal chamomile (Romanian - this is what this grandmother called this wonderful plant). The rest of the space was occupied by deaf nettles, especially decorative during the flowering period. Then all this was stoned (so that rainwater did not wash away the soil). On both sides of the door is a low wicker fence like a retaining wall (so that the ground does not crumble). Before the fence, it is strewn with good granular sand (a lot), which, if necessary, was used on the farm, and we, the little one, had where to play. And daylilies and tiger lilies grew around. By the way, today it is impossible to buy tiger lily on the market, and their grandmother simply blossomed for fifty at a time. I also inherited a few - already a good dozen.
Take root even on stones
Today I also have my own compound. A little neglected, but with flower beds and flowerbeds, with a forest corner and a doctor's bed. I also have a cellar: solid, large, rural. And I also decorated the neck (this is what rises above the front door) with plants in my own way. What is there just not there. But the most honorable place is occupied by periwinkle, fescue, several bushes of wild strawberry and young. So, it was the juveniles that I once brought from the forest that took root very well and even gave offspring. Subsequently, I acquired several other species of this wonderful, unpretentious plant growing and propagation. (In a very short time I have both for sale and for exchange). Unpretentious - just said. I had to observe this plant on stone rocks, almost without soil. Just a miracle, but it is. I also have several specimens on stones, but it is not necessary to experiment like that.
In the Middle Ages, they already knew about the medicinal properties of youngsters, so they were grown. But magical properties were also attributed to him. It was thanks to them that the youngsters were planted on the roofs and visors at the entrance to the buildings, saying that this amulet will not allow any evil in the building, and most importantly - it will give the owners of the house youth and health. After all, the plant is always green and young. And also some peoples considered the young flower of Jupiter. Allegedly they protect the house from lightning. In good conditions, a stone rose (one of the popular names of youngsters) forms whole carpets. Which, of course, decorates and surprises, and keeps the soil from shifting (this is in my conditions). But there is another feature - medicinal. But first about agricultural technology.
The mat grows even where other plants are not accepted.
There is no need to say much here. The plant has a very weak root system (contained mainly due to the density of plants in the rug), so it can even move to a new place with a slight movement. Small shoots that grow almost in the axils of the leaves are connected to the mother plant only by thin shoots like a thread. They are an exact miniature copy of an adult copy. Subsequently, the thin shoot becomes thicker and becomes a kind of branch, the task of which is to take the small plant away from the mother. Later, the cubs, which have their own roots, can be easily separated, and due to the rounded shape, they can even roll to a new place. Feathers feel better on light semi-sandy soils. Therefore, when planting, do not be lazy to pour a handful of sand and mix well with the soil. A plant can grow even where other plants do not grow. If you consider that the young do not die off in the winter, then this is also a great advantage. True, some species change color with the onset of frost. For example, from bright green to burgundy or green with a reddish tint. Beautiful and decorative. But that's not all. Young growth also blooms. And I want to tell you - quite original. From the middle of the outlet comes a thick peduncle and a whole brush of small and very original yellow, pink or burgundy flowers blooms. After seed ripening, the plant dies. It’s just that the entire supply of water and nutrients is spent on the formation of a flower, fruits and ripening seeds. Seeds are sown, and thus the plant has another way to spread and multiply.
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Heals wounds and ulcers
And now about the useful. The healing properties of the young are quite well known among the people. It is not used in dried form, because they do not store nutrients and medicinal substances, but this is not a problem, the plant is evergreen. The well-known biological preparation made from purple young is used intensively for engraftment of transplants, in ophthalmology, and also during surgical interventions, as a means, actively promotes the healing of eye ulcers and burns. It is no less useful with the growth of fractures. This is official medicine, but what does folk tell us?
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Take a few leaves, grind into the pulp and apply to the wound. It does not matter - a fresh wound or an old, purulent, generally an ulcer, a few tricks - and you forgot about the problem. Since the action of the juice is not just wound healing, but also absorbable. The same gruel can be applied to the gums that bleed. In ancient times, the juice of rabbit cabbage (as it was then called juvenile because of its resemblance to the cob of cabbage) was treated for scurvy. Fresh tincture is used for tuberculosis. And it is especially useful for epileptics. Tincture has another feature - a diuretic. Thanks to this feature, cranial pressure is reduced and the well-being of patients is improved. Juice of roofing young, mixed with olive oil in a ratio of 1: 1 (compresses), removes (resolves) bruises in a very short time. A decoction of the leaves (1: 3 - boil for 2 minutes and insist 30 minutes) is used to gargle with purulent tonsillitis. Cut across the leaf youngster (at least 3 years) have another unique healing property. Attach them to the hemorrhoids, and in a few steps forget about the disease.
These are not all recipes and tips. I think that this is enough to have a place for this unpretentious, but very decorative and medicinal forest beauty - the flower of Jupiter, in your flowerbed or rock garden (if you have not yet organized a medical bed or corner).