Herb latin name: Cotoneaster frigidus
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Medicinal use of Cotoneaster frigidus:The fruits are eaten to replenish the blood in cases of deficiency.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Shrubberies and riversides, especially in Nepal, 2200 - 3400 metres from Uttar Pradesh to S.W. China. River valleys, broad-leaved deciduous forests on slopes, 2800 - 3300 metres in Tibet.
Other uses of Cotoneaster frigidus:A rose-tan dye is obtained from the fruit. The branches are used in basketry and for making twig bridges in the Himalayas. Can be grown as an informal hedge.
Propagation of the herb:Seed. Members of this genus hybridize freely so, if you require seed that breeds true, it is important to obtain it from a known wild source or from a controlled fertilization of garden plants. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame, when it will usually germinate in the spring. Stored seed germinates faster if given 3 months warm stratification at 15°C and then 3 months cold stratification at 4°C. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 18 months at 15°C but it can take 2 years. Pot the seedlings up as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out into nursery beds or into their permanent positions when they are more than 10cm tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame.
Cultivation of Cotoneaster frigidus:Shrubberies and riversides, especially in Nepal, 2200 - 3400 metres from Uttar Pradesh to S.W. China. River valleys, broad-leaved deciduous forests on slopes, 2800 - 3300 metres in Tibet.
Known hazards of Cotoneaster frigidus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.