Herb latin name: Daphniphyllum macropodum

Synonyms: Daphniphyllum glaucescens

Family: Daphniphyllaceae

Edible parts of Daphniphyllum macropodum:

Leaves - cooked. A "New Year's green". (This quite possibly relates to the Chinese new year which begins in February)

Description of the plant:


6 m
(20 feet)



Habitat of the herb:

By the sides of streams in moist woods.

Other uses of Daphniphyllum macropodum:

Wood - soft, close and even grained, very handsome. Used for turnery, carving etc. The wood of the roots is especially handsome, it is deep red in colour.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. 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 moderately ripened wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel or at a junction with old wood, July in individual pots in a frame. The cuttings are slow to root, give them brisk bottom heat. Fair percentage. Layering of current seasons growth, 12cm long in August/September. Takes 12 - 18 months. High percentage.

Cultivation of Daphniphyllum macropodum:

By the sides of streams in moist woods.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Daphniphyllum macropodum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.