Herb: Coralberry


Latin name: Ardisia crenata


Family: Myrsinaceae (Myrsine Family)



Medicinal use of Coralberry:

The root is anodyne, depurative, febrifuge. It is used to stimulate blood circulation.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

Flovering:
June
to July

Habitat of the herb:

Woods in low mountains, C. and S. Japan. Forests, hillsides, valleys, shrubby areas, dark damp places at elevations of 100 - 2400 metres.

Propagation of Coralberry:

Seed - best harvested when it is ripe in the winter and sown immediately in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady part of the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, once the plants are 20cm or more tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood in summer. Grow on in cool, shaded humid conditions until well rooted.

Cultivation of the herb:

Woods in low mountains, C. and S. Japan. Forests, hillsides, valleys, shrubby areas, dark damp places at elevations of 100 - 2400 metres.

Known hazards of Ardisia crenata:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.