Herb latin name: Celastrus flagellaris

Family: Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Medicinal use of Celastrus flagellaris:

Many plants in this genus contain compounds of interest for their antitumour activity.

Description of the plant:


7.5 m
(25 feet)


Habitat of the herb:

Mountains in S. Japan.

Edible parts of Celastrus flagellaris:

Young leaves - cooked.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - gather when ripe, store in dry sand and sow February in a warm greenhouse. Three months cold stratification leads to a higher germination rate. Remove the aril since this inhibits germination. Germination rates are usually good. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Layering in August of the current seasons growth. Takes 12 months. Root cuttings, 6mm thick 25mm long in December. Plant horizontally in pots in a frame.

Cultivation of Celastrus flagellaris:

Mountains in S. Japan.

Known hazards of Celastrus flagellaris:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.