Punica granatum
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Punica granatum


  family lythraceae 
  genus punica 

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Genus  Punica Species  granatum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  pomegranate Family  LYTHRACEAE Specimen number  S11372 Data source  CrscntBlm;DyePl p5;GrUnFr p282;HtZn p159;MedPl p257
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  12' - 20' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 07a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-05 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  1 gallon Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The rind of Punica granatum has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by Pomegranate including yellow, brown, violet and blue. It is used in dyeing leather. Used as both a tannin and dye. This plant can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 0� Fahrenheit. This species needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to partial shade is needed for this plant to do its best. It does well in moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  anthelmintic   astringent   carminative Medicinal parts  Rind   Bark   Pulp Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  yes Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is 3 to 4 inches round shape, yellow-brown hard rind when ripe, numerous seeds each enveloped in teardrops of pink-red pulp. It has a sweet, juicy and acidic flavor. Punica granatum is typically used as juice. Pomegranate is most often used fresh. This plant is used as a traditional herbal remedy. It's used as an anthelmintic, an astringent and a carminative. This species requires professional guidance for safe usage. It is illegal in some countries to possess or use this plant without proper certification. The rind and the bark and even the pulp are used to prepare herbal remedies.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Rind Dye color  yellow,brown,violet,blue
Propagule  Seed   Cutting Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Oct 01 - Dec 31 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Juice Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts 3 to 4 inches round shape, yellow-brown hard rind when ripe, numerous seeds each enveloped in teardrops of pink-red pulp Flavor / texture  has a sweet, juicy and acidic flavor
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Punica granatum to produce fruit. Harvesting can begin in October and continue through December. Pomegranate is often propagated by seed or using a cutting. This plant is considered to have originated from Persia and Afghanistan.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Punica granatum is a woody perennial. Flowers: Pomegranate has fancy double carnation-like flowers. Blossoms appear in June and continue through October. Typically the flowers are either red or pink.

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