Herb latin name: Aconitum rotundifolium
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Edible parts of Aconitum rotundifolium:Leaves - cooked. This species is supposed to be non-toxic, but this report should be treated with some scepticism due to the highly toxic nature of the genus in general.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Stony slopes in the alpine and sub-alpine zone. Alpine grasslandsaround elevations of 3100 metres in Tibet.
Propagation of Aconitum rotundifolium:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be stratified and sown in spring but will then be slow to germinate. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. Division - best done in spring but it can also be done in autumn. Another report says that division is best carried out in the autumn or late winter because the plants come into growth very early in the year.
Cultivation of the herb:Stony slopes in the alpine and sub-alpine zone. Alpine grasslandsaround elevations of 3100 metres in Tibet.
Medicinal use of Aconitum rotundifolium:None known
Known hazards of Aconitum rotundifolium:The whole plant is highly toxic - simple skin contact has caused numbness in some people.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.