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False heather, plant and properties

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False heather, plants and properties. Information on flowering, cultivation and all the benefits of Erica, the shrub plant rich in flowers.

Therefalseheatherit's aplantshrubby habit, famous for its beneficial properties but also for its abundant blooms.

Heather or false heather

In fact, when it comes toheatherreference is made to about 700 different botanical species, all of the same genus, that ofEricaceae. These plants are allevergreenwith shrubby habit. Many species are grown for the beauty of the flowers.

Mistakenly, in everyday jargon, with the termheatherlet's report a single species, theCalluna vulgaris. The calluna vulgaris was part of the genus Erica because it shared the same botanical characteristics, recently, the calluna belongs to a genus in its own right and so it has been nicknamed false heather.

Despite the taxonomic classification, for nurserymen and common amateurs, the calluna continues to be called heather, only the most experienced recognize it with the correct taxonomy.

Erica, plant cultivation

Heather is a very rustic shrub plant, therefore, if grown in environments compatible with its natural habitat, it does not need care. Many species ofHeatherthey are native to Europe, in particular to the Mediterranean regions.

This plant grows well in the acidic and lean soils of our hills. It has small needle-shaped leaves, 2 to 15 mm long (the calluna has smaller leaves, less than 2-3 mm).

Therefloweringit is very abundant.When heather blooms? The flowering period varies from species to species, however, when talking aboutheatherwe make a generic reference toCalluna,this species blooms around the month of June.

Differences between heather and calluna

There callunahas smaller leaves (less than 2-3 mm) and the corolla and the calyx are divided into four parts (it is a tetramer) and not the 5 parts as with the Erica (in the heather the corolla and the calyx of the flowers makes a pentamer).

Despite these differences, oftenheather and callunathey are confused and called indiscriminatelyHeather. Therecalluna, by the most experienced, it is calledfalse heatherorheather. Many users (even nurserymen!) Even identify thecallunawith the name ofwild heathercausing further confusion.

And theheather(calluna or false heather) to include a large number of beneficial properties.

False heather, property

Therefalse heather, also calledheather or callunais a natural remedy widely used to counteract thecystitis. For those who usually suffer from it, it can be used for the maintenance of a completely natural preventive prophylaxis.

Against cystitis, you can prepare a decoction of heather (false heather) by boiling over low heat, about 20 grams of flowering tops in a liter of water. The decoction should last about 10 minutes.

After the wait, let it rest for a few minutes, just enough time to cool down. Filter and drink in a dose of 3 cups a day. You can sweeten it with honey or stevia, a good natural sweetener. Follow this natural treatment for a week.

Therefalse heatherit is an excellent plant for purifying the body and detoxifying the liver and kidneys. Anciently, inMiddle Ages, the heather calluna was used to "break the stones of the bladder", that is, to help explore stones.

Proponents of natural remedies, to eliminate kidney stones and to counteract gallbladder stones (and the resulting inflammation known asgallbladder), recommend a very concentrated decoction. In this case, the decoction is prepared by boiling 15 grams of plant in a liter of water for 7 - 8 minutes, to be filtered and consumed in 2 - 3 cups a day. The treatment should last a month.

We remind you that any natural remedy cannot replace the opinion of a trusted doctor. Before using decoctions and herbs to treat yourself, you must consult your doctor to evaluate each specific case.

In the photo above, you can see the tetrameric structure of the flowers of the false heather or calluna.

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