Herb: Bai Bei Feng


Latin name: Buddleia asiatica


Family: Buddleiaceae



Medicinal use of Bai Bei Feng:

The plant has been used as an abortifacient and also in the treatment of skin complaints. The juice f the plant is applied as a wash to treat skin diseases.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

Flovering:
January
to April


Scent:
Scented
Shrub

Habitat of the herb:

Second growth forest, sandy river banks, grass, savannah, landslips and deserted village sites.

Edible parts of Bai Bei Feng:

The dried and powdered root is used in the preparation of a fermented liquor.

Other uses of the herb:

Wood - tough, moderately hard. It could be used for making walking sticks.

Propagation of Bai Bei Feng:

Seed - cold stratify for 4 weeks at 4C and surface sow the seed in February/March in a greenhouse (the pre-chilling might not be required for this species). Germination usually takes place within 3 - 4 weeks at 21C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Seedlings are inclined to damp off and so should be watered with care and kept well-ventilated. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Use short side-shoots. Very high percentage. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm long, October/November in a frame.

Cultivation of the herb:

Second growth forest, sandy river banks, grass, savannah, landslips and deserted village sites.

Known hazards of Buddleia asiatica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.