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Author:Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen
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Rhamnus cathartica (Common Buckthorn) Sheffield's Seed Co., Inc.

Rhamnus cathartica

Common Buckthorn

Per NYS Regulation Part 575, this species is classified as an Invasive Species, and as a NYS based business we are not able to sell these seeds regardless of where the purchaser is located. We have this item listed for reference only.

  • Rhamnus cathartica

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination

Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required 

Introducing Rhamnus cathartica, commonly known as Buckthorn, Common Buckthorn or Purging Buckthorn. This deciduous shrub/tree is native to Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia with grey-brown bark and often spiny branches. The small black drupe fruit contains two to four seeds and is popular with birds but mildly poisonous for people and animals. The bark and fruit have been used as a purgative in the past, however, their potentially dangerous side effects means they are seldomly used. Often grown as an informal hedge, it is also amenable to trimming. The wood of this handsome plant is hard with a marble-like grain and used for small turnery. Not just useful in nature, a green pigment used in watercolour painting is made from the immature fruit mixed with gum arabic and limewater. Yellow, orange and brownish dyes can also be obtained from this versatile plant. So whether you're an artist, gardener, or woodworker, this remarkable plant has something to offer.

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