Herb latin name: Coriaria terminalis


Family: Coriariaceae



Edible parts of Coriaria terminalis:

Fruit - raw or used as a beverage. The seed must not be eaten. Use with great caution since most parts of the plant, including the seed, are probably toxic and some reports suggest the fruit should not be used at all. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
120 cm
(4 feet)

Flowering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Thickets and woodland margins, 2000 - 2600 metres in W. China.

Propagation of Coriaria terminalis:

Seed - sow February/March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the 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. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair percentage. Division in the spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Thickets and woodland margins, 2000 - 2600 metres in W. China.

Medicinal use of Coriaria terminalis:

None known

Known hazards of Coriaria terminalis:

The seed may be poisonous. Although we have no more information, it is reasonable to assume that other parts of the plant are also toxic.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.