Asphodelus albus Mill.

502 (1). A. albus Mill. Gard. Diet. ed. 8 (1768) No. 3; Hayek Prodr. Fl. Penins. Balc. III (1933) 30 —Бял бърдун

Fam:   Liliaceae Hall.
Genus:   Asphodelus L.
Species: Asphodelus albus Mill.
English Name: White asphodel


Perennials. Tuber-like roots collected in a tuft. Stem upright, leafless, up to 1 m. Leaves linear, 1 - 2 cm wide, naked, collected at the base of the stem. The blossoms gathered in a simple and dense raceme, up to 40 cm long, sparsely branched at the base. The blossoms have Lance, brownish bracts and short handles, articulated at the bottom. Perianth white, funnel-shaped. It consists of 6 close, to 3 cm long perianth leaflets with a green stripe down the middle on the outside. Stamens long as perianth. Fruit box hexagonal, to 1.5 cm long.

Economic significance. Tuberous roots of the plant are rich in starch and can therefore be used for skinning livestock. Decoction of the roots is used in folk medicine as a remedy for kravochistitelno rashes, pimples and others, as well as for washing wounds. Beautifully decorated plant suitable for growing in gardens and parks.
From: „Флора на Народна Република България”, том  II, БАН, София, (1964 )

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Asphodelus albus, common name White asphodel, is a herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the genus Asphodelus.
Asphodelus albus from Mavrovo National Park, Republic of Macedonia
Capsules and seeds
White asphodel grows to a height of 50–120 centimetres (20–47 in). The plain stem is supported by fleshy, thickened roots (rhizomes). The leaves, which originate from the base of the stem, are gutter-shaped and glaucous (covered by a waxy coating), about 20–22 millimetres (0.79–0.87 in) wide and 50–70 centimetres (20–28 in) long. The white hermaphroditic flowers are funnel-shaped, 4 centimetres (1.6 in) of diameter, with six elongated petals. The flowering period extends from April through June. The egg-shaped yellow-green seed capsules are usually 8–10 millimetres (0.31–0.39 in) in length.
This plant is native to the Mediterranean area.
White asphodel is commonly found in meadows and heathland of central Spain, southwest France, and along the southern Alps to the western Balkans up to an altitude of 2,000 metres (6,600 ft). It is also found on the continent Africa, mainly in Libyan territory. Soils with a high lime content are preferred.
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Flowering Time: Blooms: V - VI (VII).

References: „Флора на Народна Република България”, том  II, БАН, София, (1964 ), Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Distribution in Bulgaria: Grow through mountain meadows and bushes in Western and Eastern Balkan Mauntain, in the mountains of West Bulgaria, Vitosha, Lyulin, Golo Brdo, Konyavska Mountain, Kraishteto, Rila to 1500 - 1600 m altitude. (Conspectus of the Bulgarian Vascular Flora) = conspectus&gs_l= Zlc.

Distribution: Spain, Western and Southern France, Italy, the Balkan Peninsula.

Conservation status and threats: protected species in Bulgaria by the Biodiversity Law. Законодателство на Република България: Закон за биологичното разнообразие

Medical plant: yes, it is -

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