Herb latin name: Cautleya spicata

Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger Family)

Medicinal use of Cautleya spicata:

The juice of the rhizome is used in the treatment of stomach disorders.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Moist shady places at elevations of 1000 - 2600 metres in Nepal.

Edible parts of Cautleya spicata:

The pith of the stem is eaten as a vegetable.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse at 18C. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first winter in the greenhouse. Plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Division as growth commences in the spring. Dig up the clump and divide it with a sharp spade or knife, making sure that each division has a growing shoot. Larger clumps can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a greenhouse until they are established. Plant them out in the summer or late in the following spring.

Cultivation of Cautleya spicata:

Moist shady places at elevations of 1000 - 2600 metres in Nepal.

Known hazards of Cautleya spicata:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.