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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Young leaves - raw or cooked[1]. A strong anise-like fragrance, they are normally used as a flavouring[2] or as an addition to the salad bowl[3]. We find them a bit coarse and too strong for use as a salad[K].

The leaves can be used as a tea substitute[2]. A pleasant flavour[3].

The seed is possibly edible[1]. No further details. The seed certainly should not be poisonous, but it is very small and its use would be very fiddly[K].

Unknown part

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Agastache rugosa.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Korean mint is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs[4]. Considered to be a \"warming\" herb, it is used in situations where there is \"dampness\" within the digestive system, resulting in poor digestion and reduced vitality[5].

The leaves and stems are antibacterial, antifungal, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge and stomachic[6][7][4][3][8]. They are used internally to improve the appetite and strengthen the digestive system[3], they relieve symptoms such as abdominal bloating, indigestion, nausea and vomiting[5]. They are also used to treat morning sickness[5]. The leaves are also used in the treatment of chest congestion, diarrhoea and headaches[4]. An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of angina pains[9].

The plant is used as a folk remedy for cancer, extracts of the plant have shown anticancer activity[4].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 13°c[10]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant out in late spring or early summer[K].

Division in spring. Fairly simple, if large divisions are used it is possible to plant them straight out into their permanent positions.

Basal cuttings of young shoots in spring[11]. Harvest the young shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm tall and pot them up in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse. They should root within 3 weeks and can be planted out in the summer or following spring.

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Cultivation

Prefers a sunny sheltered position and a well-drained soil[12].

This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[12].

The flowers are very attractive to bees[13].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Agastache rugosa. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Agastache rugosa.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Agastache rugosa
Genus
Agastache
Family
Labiatae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
8
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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