Herb latin name: Disporum smilacinum


Family: Colchicaceae



Edible parts of Disporum smilacinum:

Young leaves - cooked. Bulb. No further details are given.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
50 cm
(1 foot)

Flowering:
April
to May

Habitat of the herb:

Woods in hilly country and foothills all over Japan. Forests from near sea level to 400 metres, occasionally to 1600 metres. in NE Shandong, China.

Propagation of Disporum smilacinum:

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Use a lime-free compost and keep it moist. Stored seed requires 6 weeks cold stratification and should be sown as early in the year as possible. Germination usually takes place within 3 - 6 months or more 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. Division in spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Woods in hilly country and foothills all over Japan. Forests from near sea level to 400 metres, occasionally to 1600 metres. in NE Shandong, China.

Medicinal use of Disporum smilacinum:

None known

Known hazards of Disporum smilacinum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.