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Aphanes, also known as Parsley-piert belongs to the genus Alchemilla.

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Aphanes which is also known as Parsley-piert, break stone, field Lady’s mantle belongs to the genus Alchemilla which is also called Lady’s mantle and to the rose family, Rosaceae. This is a native of Europe, Asia and Australia.

Characteristics of Aphanes:
– These plants are annual herbs.
– They have much branched leaves and are deeply lobed.
– They are covered with soft hair.
– The flowers are tiny and green to yellow color.
– The flowers have no petals and grow in clusters.
– They bloom throughout the summer.
– They appear in leaf like stipules.
– The flowers bloom from April to October and the seeds ripen from July to November.
– The flowers are self pollinated and hermaphrodite in nature.
– The edible parts of the plant are leaves and are used in salads and for winter use it is used pickled.
– It is found in northern Europe.
– It can grow up to a height of 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in).

Medicinal Uses:
– These are used as a remedy for kidney sand bladder calculi.
– It is a diuretic and antilithic.
– It soothes urinary tract.
– It is used to break and dissolve kidney stones.
– It is used as an infusion and tincture.
– It is an Astringent; Demulcent; Diuretic and a refrigerant.

The species of Aphanes are:
– Aphanes arvensis – Field Parsley-piert, Western Lady’s-mantle, Parsley Breakstone
– Aphanes australiana – Australian Piert
– Aphanes cotopaxiensis
– Aphanes australis (syn. A. inexspectata, A. microcarpa) – Slender Parsley-piert
– Aphanes occidentalis – Dew Cup/Lady’s Mantel

Growing/Caring conditions of Alphanes:
– The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.
– This plant needs well-drained soil.
– This herb can grow in nutritionally poor soil.
– The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
– The plant can grow in very acid and very alkaline soils.
– The plant grows well in full sun or partial shade.
– Sow the seeds in autumn.
– The seed prefers to be best sown in dry weather.
– Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil.
– The germination of seeds takes about eight to fifteen days.
– Plant the seeds about eight to ten weeks before planting outdoors.
– Do not over water the plant.
– Provide the plant with good amount of sunlight.
– The plant will need staking during heavy rainfall periods and time of high winds.
– It is best to divide the plants every three years.
– This is for avoiding deterioration of plants.

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