Herb latin name: Allium macrostemon
Family: Alliaceae (Onion Family)
Medicinal use of Allium macrostemon:The plant is astringent, carminative and diuretic. It is used in the treatment of stuffiness sensation and pain in the chest, angina pectoris, pleurisy, bronchitis, diarrhoea and tenesmus in cases of dysentery. Although no other specific mention of medicinal uses has been seen for this species, members of this genus are in general very healthy additions to the diet. They contain sulphur compounds (which give them their onion flavour) and when added to the diet on a regular basis they help reduce blood cholesterol levels, act as a tonic to the digestive system and also tonify the circulatory system.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Meadows and arable land. Found throughout China on hills, slopes, valleys and plains from near near sea level to 1600 metres (3000 metres in Yunnan).
Edible parts of Allium macrostemon:Bulb - raw or cooked. The bulb is about 15mm in diameter. Leaves - raw or cooked. Flowers - raw. Used as a garnish on salads.
Other uses of the herb:The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles.
Propagation of Allium macrostemon:Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle - if you want to produce clumps more quickly then put three plants in each pot. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter and plant them out into their permanent positions in spring once they are growing vigorously and are large enough. Division in spring. The plants divide successfully at any time in the growing season, pot up the divisions in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are growing well and then plant them out into their permanent positions.
Cultivation of the herb:Meadows and arable land. Found throughout China on hills, slopes, valleys and plains from near near sea level to 1600 metres (3000 metres in Yunnan).
Known hazards of Allium macrostemon:Although no individual reports regarding this species have been seen, there have been cases of poisoning caused by the consumption, in large quantities and by some mammals, of certain members of this genus. Dogs seem to be particularly susceptible.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.