|Common name:||Gala Dinich||Family:||Labiatae|
|Known Hazards:||None known|
|Range:||N. Africa – Ethiopia.|
|Habitat:||Mountainous regions, 1800 – 2100 metres.|
|Edibility Rating (1-5):||1||Medicinal Rating (1-5):||0|
|Other Possible Synonyms:||From various places across the web, may not be correct. See below.|
|Epithets:||From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets|
|edulis = edible;|
|Systematics:||From a UDSA Plants Database|
|Order: Lamiales. Renamed to Lamiaceae — Mint family|
Perennial. It is frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). We rate it 1/5 for edibility and 0/5 for medicinal use.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Cultivated Beds, By Walls, By South Wall, By West Wall.
Root – cooked
We have no information on this plant and do not know if it would be feasible to grow it outdoors in Britain, it is almost certainly not winter hardy. As an experiment it could be worthwhile growing it in much the same way as potatoes are grown, planting out the tubers in April and harvesting them in the autumn. Give the plants a warm very sunny position in a well-drained soil. This species is cultivated for its edible tuber in Ethiopia
Seed – surface sow in a greenhouse in late winter and seal the pot in a plastic bag until germination takes place – this is usually within 2 weeks at 20°c