The flowering plant ash, also called Neopalimaya Kupina, either diktamnus or wild badian, is a rather spectacular and tenacious plant that deserves the attention of every gardener.
Special features of ash
He can be found in the wild in western Russia, Europe, the Caucasus and in the temperate latitudes of Asia. The vitality and power of this flower is proved by the fact that it prefers to grow in nature on stony soils in the shade of bushes, and the soil is lime.
Nepalimaya Kupina is a bushy plant. Therefore, after some time in a place where it seemed to grow only one bush, you can see real thickets.
In this regard, if you want to create a corner of wildlife in your garden, then the ash bush will suit you just perfectly.
Nepalimaya Kupina is a perennial, the height of which can reach up to 100 centimeters. This plant was called "ash borer" because its beautiful dark green foliage looks very similar to the leaves of an ash tree. People called this flower "Neopalimaya Kupina" because it has an unusual property, which is that this plant burns, but does not burn. Many may think it is a miracle! This happens because the fruits of ash are a lot of essential oils, quickly ignited by just "one match.
Even among the people this flowering plant is often called "wild badiana", the fact is that the flowers as well as the fruit (star-shaped box with seeds inside) of this plant are externally similar to the real badiana.
Blooming neopalimaya kupina continues almost until the middle of summer. Its flowers can be colored in pink, white and dark red shades. The flowers of such a plant have a very unusual fragrance, and they smell like citrus.
Not so long ago in landscape design, the white ash tree was the most popular.
However today experts want to unite all species of Neopalimaya Kupina which are known to them (Caucasian ash (dictamnus caucasicus), mossy ash (dictamnus dasycarpus), holoserebic ash (dictamnus gymnostylis) and narrow-leaved ash (dictamnus angustifolius)) in one species. All these names can therefore be considered other names for white ash (dictamnus albus).
Multi-annual garden flowers Ash or Neopalimaya Kupina
Approduction of Ash
It is not unusual to find Neopalimaya Kupina in nature, growing by clinging to a rock. The ash tree is capable of rooting in almost any crevice, and growing and developing normally between rocks. But if you decide to grow it on your garden plot, it should choose a site with regular soil.
There are three methods to propagate this unusual plant: generatively (by seed), by cuttings and by division.
Growing from seed
Sow the ash tree directly into the open soil and use freshly picked seeds. If you postpone sowing until the fall or next spring, some of the seeds will not show up until one year later. This flower is perfectly propagated by self-sowing, if you don't want that, then cut off the formed fruits even before they are fully ripe and seeds will fall out of them to the ground.
Selecting a site for sowing Neopalimaya Kupina seeds, you should consider that for 2-3 years you will be growing seedlings in a seedling row.
If you wish, find a place on your garden plot that will be hidden from prying eyes, dig over the soil and sow the seeds. With the onset of the following spring, the seedlings will need to be thinned, and it is recommended to keep a distance of at least 20 centimetres between them. Excess seedlings, overgrowing the planting, can be gently removed. When 3 years have passed, the grown and stronger bushes are transplanted to a permanent place. If you decide to harvest seeds from your garden shrubs, please note that in middle latitudes they very often do not have enough time to ripen.
This plant can also be propagated by splitting, and the best time is at the beginning of the spring or fall. If divided in the summer, the dividers can die because of the excessive heat. Even in spring or autumn, a cool, cloudy day is recommended for propagating ash trees.
First, prepare the planting holes, with only one requirement: the distance between them should be at least half a meter. Once the seedlings have been planted, they should be systematically watered abundantly.
As soon as the bushes will take root in the new place and start to grow, watering should be reduced slightly, otherwise the root system can become rotten.
This method of propagation of Neopalimaya Kupina is the most popular among gardeners, because it gives the opportunity to propagate the flower quickly and without problems, and the bushes will immediately begin to bloom. However, some gardeners are afraid that the divisions will be sick for a long time or will die altogether.
Some gardeners lay stones at the foot of the plot, where ash trees grow. During the day the stones absorb the sun's heat, and then all night they give it to the flowers.
Also experts recommend choosing the western or southern side of the site to grow these flowers. The place should be sunny but Neopalimaya Kupina can also grow in slight shading.
Raising by cuttings
Also ash-tree can be propagated by cuttings if desired, but this method is not very reliable. If you cut them off properly, there is a chance that they will take root. To cuttings precisely gave roots, they should be systematically abundantly watered, and also before planting on rooting, the bottom cut is necessarily treated with a solution of a product that stimulates growth.
Specialists advise, cuttings should be harvested in the spring, and their length should be 10 to 15 centimeters. For rooting, they are planted under a jar or in a mini greenhouse.
Whatever method you use to propagate Neopaliva kupina, be sure to protect your eyes and skin. It is better not to even smell the plant itself or its flowers. After all the procedures with ash, you should thoroughly wash your face and hands with soap.
If you forget to wash, it can cause not very large redness, and in some cases, burns are formed. A small part of gardeners noted the appearance of weakness and a slight increase in body temperature after working with ash.
Any method of propagation will be successful if everything is done correctly and in time. This perennial will delight you with its beauty for many years.
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Care in the open air
As mentioned above, such a spectacular plant as the ash tree can cause harm to a careless gardener.
However, if you are careful, then there will be no problems with Neopalimaya Kupina. Remember that the effect of toxins is most strongly manifested in hot days, so in such weather be especially careful. If you do get a burn, then after some time it will definitely heal. Such a flower is appreciated by gardeners for its unusual beauty, unpretentiousness and longevity.
Sowing or planting, as well as growing ash is relatively easy, because this flower is not distinguished by the demanding care.
But if you want your shrubs to look their best and not give you any trouble, then you should definitely pay attention to quality of soil, lighting, fertilization and watering.
You can find ash trees in nature in sunny spots such as: Mountain slopes or a forest edge. They can also grow in light shade such as bushes or in not very dense woodland. A well-lit spot in the garden is best for this plant.
Neopalimaya Kupina prefers to grow in light soil that is permeable to water and air.
This flower will grow best on scarce soil, but fertile soil is very poor for this purpose. In order to prevent weeds from harming the plant, the surface of the soil around it should be regularly loosened. It is also recommended to cover the soil surface near the flowers with a layer of mulch (grass, peat or straw).
Moss trees react very negatively to stagnant moisture in the root system. Because of this, extreme care must be taken with watering.
Neopalimaya Kupina needs abundant watering only in hot and dry weather, as well as in the first days after transplanting. If you did not have time to water the plant in time, you should not worry, because it is characterized by drought tolerance.
Fertilizer should be applied to the soil twice a season, and this should be done during flowering. A complex fertilizer is recommended for this purpose. It is quite normal to grow, develop and flower ash will be and in a sandy soil without fertilizers, but in this case it will bloom not too lush and spectacularly.
Growing such a plant on your plot is quite simple. It is not necessary to cover this perennial for the winter, because it is highly resistant to frost. You should also know that this plant is not affected by almost any diseases and is not damaged by insects, because it is poisonous. In this regard, Neopalimaya Kupina with proper care will not give you any problems. This flower also does not need special weeding because it is rather required for aesthetic purposes since not a single weed is capable of damaging this plant.
Alder in landscape design
Before starting to grow ash trees, you should choose an optimal place for it in the plot. First of all, note that this plant is poisonous and very fragrant. Therefore, choose for permanent cultivation such a site, past which pets and children will not often walk. No matter how attractive the plant might look, it is not a good idea to plant it in seating areas or along paths. It can adorn a garden even in the depths of a flower arrangement.
Nepalimaya Kupina in the garden copes with the following tasks:
- It can be the main decoration of the whole composition in its highest part;
- can decorate flat flower beds;
- If the plants are properly selected, ash can be used in creating a baton effect;
- will be a wonderful addition to any composition where the main tones are pink;
- combines well with various flowers;
- makes a nice background for other flowering crops;
- can be used as a solitary planting;
- great in juniper thickets and rockeries;
- grows best next to cassis, kachymonium, limonium, geichera and iris;
- transplant rarely (once every 10 years);
- cut ash flowers will last about four days.
If you prefer a rustic style of decoration, the Neopalimaya Kupina will be the most important accent in it.
It was already mentioned above about the poisonousness of ash, if poisonous oils get on the skin surface, burns can form in this place (sometimes second degree). After a few hours a blister appears, and when it bursts, a wound is formed in this place, which takes a long time to heal. And the scar does not disappear for several months.
However, if the weather is cool, the plant practically loses its poisonous properties, so wearing gloves, you can be sure that you will not get burns.
Despite its poisonous nature, this plant is medicinal, due to its content of essential oils and other useful substances. If you know how to harvest ash wood it is very easy:
- Roots are dug in spring or autumn;
- Dried at a temperature not exceeding 30 degrees;
- Harvest the shoots and leaves and dry them in summer.
For infusions, preparations, and extracts of ash borer are used in:
- diseases of the urinary and genital system (including those that are sexually transmitted) and of the kidneys;
- worms, gases in the intestines or gastritis;
- Gospel disease, sciatica and eczema;
- dobor malignancy of the uterus, mastopathy and cervical erosion;
- general weakness, impotence, fatigue and more.
The medicinal properties of such a plant are used only in non-conventional medicine.
Jasenet or Cupina Neopalimaya