Young plant and young leaves - cooked
. Soaked and then boiled
. (This suggests that the leaves are bitter and need to be soaked in order to remove the bitterness.)
A good ground cover plant
There are no material uses listed for Epimedium sagittatum.
The whole plant is antirheumatic, aphrodisiac, carminative, expectorant, ophthalmic and vasodilator. Used as a kidney tonic, it also treats sterility and barrenness
. It is taken internally in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, cold or numb extremities, arthritis, lumbago, impotence, involuntary and premature ejaculation, high blood pressure and absentmindedness
. It should be used with some caution since in excess it can cause vomiting, dizziness, thirst and nosebleeds
The plant is harvested in the growing season and dried for later use
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in late summer
. Sow stored seed as early as possible in the year in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in the cold frame or greenhouse for at least their first winter[K]. Plant them out in mid to late summer[K].
Division in July/August according to one report, in late spring according to another. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Cuttings in late summer
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Succeeds in any fertile humus-rich soil
, preferring a peaty loam
. Grows best in semi-shade
. Plants can succeed in the dry shade of trees
Although the plants are hardy to at least -15°c, the young growth in spring can be killed by frosts.
Grows well in the rock garden or wild garden.
Cultivated as a medicinal plant in Japan.
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits
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