Herb latin name: Clematis tibetana


Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



Medicinal use of Clematis tibetana:

The stem and flowers are used in Tibetan medicine, they are considered to have and acrid and sweet taste with a heating potency. They promote stomach heat and destroy "cold tumours". They are used in the treatment of skin irritations and itches, and tumours.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Climber

Height:
4 m
(13 feet)

Flovering:
August to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Slopes, scrub, grassy areas and gravelly river banks at elevations of 2200 - 4800 metres in western China.

Propagation of Clematis tibetana:

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 20C. 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:

Slopes, scrub, grassy areas and gravelly river banks at elevations of 2200 - 4800 metres in western China.

Known hazards of Clematis tibetana:

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.