Young shoots and leaves - raw or cooked. Used as a potherb. The leaves are said to contain rutin, but no details of quantity were given. Fruit - raw. Eaten to quench the thirst. The fruit is about 9mm in diameter.A tea is made from the leaves.
Division in early spring as new growth begins. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.Cuttings of half-ripe shoots, July in a frame.
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Hardy to about -15°c. A climbing plant, supporting itself by means of tendrils and thorns as it scrambles through small trees and shrubs. A young plant is growing and thriving close to a west-facing wall at Kew Botanical gardens[K]. This species is not the true 'China root' of medicine, see the record for S. pseudo-china.Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
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