Herb latin name: Astilbe thunbergii
Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
Edible parts of Astilbe thunbergii:Young leaves - cooked. The leaves are a tea substitute.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Sunny grassy slopes, C. and S. Japan.
Propagation of Astilbe thunbergii:Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. Only just cover the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame until they are at least 20cm tall. Plant them out in the summer, or late in the following autumn. Division in spring. This is best done every 3 - 4 years in order to maintain the vigour of the plant. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whist smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.
Cultivation of the herb:Sunny grassy slopes, C. and S. Japan.
Medicinal use of Astilbe thunbergii:None known
Known hazards of Astilbe thunbergii:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.