Herb latin name: Ardisia crispa


Family: Myrsinaceae (Myrsine Family)



Medicinal use of Ardisia crispa:

The root is antidotal and diuretic. An infusion is pectoral. The plant is crushed and applied to scurf, it is also applied to the ears in the treatment of earache.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
120 cm
(4 feet)

Flovering:
June
to July

Habitat of the herb:

Woods in low mountains, C. and S. Japan. Mixed or broad-leaved forests, damp places, bamboo woods, hillsides and valleys at elevations of 100 - 2500 metres.

Edible parts of Ardisia crispa:

Leaves - raw. Used in salads.

Propagation of the herb:

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 Ardisia crispa:

Woods in low mountains, C. and S. Japan. Mixed or broad-leaved forests, damp places, bamboo woods, hillsides and valleys at elevations of 100 - 2500 metres.

Known hazards of Ardisia crispa:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.