Herb latin name: Ampelopsis japonica

Synonyms: Ampelopsis serjaniifolia, Paullina japonica, Vitis serjaniifolia

Family: Vitaceae (Grape Family)

Medicinal use of Ampelopsis japonica:

The roots are anodyne, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, antifungal, bitter, cooling, depurative, expectorant, febrifuge and vulnerary. A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of tuberculous cervical nodes, bleeding from haemorrhoids and burn injuries.

Description of the plant:


July to

Habitat of the herb:

Mountain sides.

Propagation of Ampelopsis japonica:

Seed - sow in pots in a cold frame in the autumn or stratify for 6 weeks at 5C and sow in the spring. Germination can be quite slow, sometimes taking more than a year. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. When they are more than 20cm tall, they can be planted out into their permanent positions, preferably in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm long, July/August in a frame. Cuttings or eyes in late autumn or winter. Either place them in the ground in a greenhouse or cold frame, or put them in pots. An eye cutting is where you have just one bud at the top and a short length of stem with a small part of the bark removed. These normally root well and grow away vigorously, being ready to plant into their permanent positions the following autumn. Layering into pots in late summer. Partially sever the stem in spring and then lift the new plants in the autumn.

Cultivation of the herb:

Mountain sides.

Known hazards of Ampelopsis japonica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.