Herb latin name: Clematis patens
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Edible parts of Clematis patens:Young shoots - cooked. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Forests, slopes and scrub at elevations of 200 - 1000 metres in China.
Propagation of Clematis patens:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Sow stored seed as soon as it is obtained in a cold frame. Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and remove as much of the tail and outer coat as possible. A period of cold stratification is beneficial. The seed germinates in 1 - 9 months or more at 20°C. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Internodal cuttings of soft to semi-ripe wood, late spring in sandy soil in a frame. Layering of old stems in late winter or early spring. Layering of current seasons growth in early summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Forests, slopes and scrub at elevations of 200 - 1000 metres in China.
Medicinal use of Clematis patens:None known
Known hazards of Clematis patens:Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, some if not all members of this genus are mildly poisonous. The toxic principle is dissipated by heat or by drying.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.