Tubers - cooked
. The tubers are up to 5cm long and 2m wide
. They are washed to remove the bitterness, the fibrous core is removed and the root is then boiled
. It tastes like asparagus
. Another report says that the tubers are eaten after preserving in sugar
The fruit is said to be edible
. The fruit is about 6 - 8mm in diameter
. Another report says that the berries are harmful if eaten
Kills the larvae of flies and mosquitoes
. No more details.
This species has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years
. The dried root is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antiseptic, antitussive, diuretic, expectorant, nervine, sialagogue, stomachic, nervous stimulant and tonic
. It is taken internally in the treatment of fevers, debility, sore throats, coughs etc
. It is often decocted with other herbs and used in the treatment of a wide range of ailments including diabetes mellitus
. Prolonged usage is recommended for the treatment of impotence
. The root is harvested when the plant is dormant and is dried for later use
The plant has a folk history for the treatment of cancer, modern research has detected antitumour activity and it is now being studied for the treatment of lung cancer
Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring or as soon as the seed is ripe in early autumn in a greenhouse. It usually germinates in 3 - 6 weeks at 25°c
. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a sunny position in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer[K].
Division in early spring as the plant comes into growth.
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Easily grown in any good garden soil
. Prefers a rich light well-drained sandy loam in a sunny position
Plants are almost hardy in Britain according to one report, whilst others say that the plants tolerate temperatures down to between -10 and -15°c.
Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
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Material uses & Functions
- Strong wind
- Maritime exposure
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