Herb latin name: Actinidia kolomikta

Synonyms: Kolomikta mandschurica, Trochostigma kolomikta

Family: Actinidiaceae (Chinese Gooseberry Family)

Edible parts of Actinidia kolomikta:

Fruit - raw, cooked or dried for later use. Sweet and agreeable. It contains up to 5 times the vitamin C of blackcurrants. The fruit is up to 2cm in diameter. It contains a number of small seeds, but these are easily eaten with the fruit. Young leaves - cooked. Used as a potherb or added to soups.

Description of the plant:


10 m
(33 feet)



Habitat of the herb:

Coniferous woodlands and hedges in mountains throughout Japan.

Propagation of Actinidia kolomikta:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. It is probably best if the seed is given 3 months stratification, either sow it in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in November or as soon as it is received. Fresh seed germinates in 2 - 3 months at 10C, stored seed can take longer. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. When the plants are 30cm or more tall, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Most seedlings are male. The seedlings are subject to damping off, they must be kept well ventilated. Cuttings of softwood as soon as ready in spring in a frame. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very high percentage. Cuttings of ripe wood, October/November in a frame.

Cultivation of the herb:

Coniferous woodlands and hedges in mountains throughout Japan.

Medicinal use of Actinidia kolomikta:

None known

Known hazards of Actinidia kolomikta:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.