Herb latin name: Edgeworthia chrysantha

Family: Thymelaeaceae (Mezereum Family)

Medicinal use of Edgeworthia chrysantha:

The sliced root is used as a remedy for eye diseases.

Description of the plant:


2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

to April


Habitat of the herb:

Forests and streamsides, at elevations of 300 - 1600 metres in Ichang Province.

Other uses of Edgeworthia chrysantha:

A high-class paper is made from the bark. The bark fibres are used. The stems are harvested in spring or early summer, the leaves are removed and the stems steamed until the fibres can be stripped. The outer bark is removed from the inner by peeling or scraping. The fibres are cooked for 2 hours with soda ash and then beaten with mallets or put through a blender. The paper is off white in colour. The stems are extremely supple and can be tied in knots.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Place the pot in a plastic bag to keep it moist. The seed might germinate in the spring, though it could take another 12 months. Stored seed usually requires 8 - 12 weeks warm stratification at 20C followed by 12 - 14 weeks at 3C. Germination can still take 12 months or more at 15C. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, and grow on in a greenhouse for at least a year before planting out in late spring or early summer. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings in spring. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.

Cultivation of Edgeworthia chrysantha:

Forests and streamsides, at elevations of 300 - 1600 metres in Ichang Province.

Known hazards of Edgeworthia chrysantha:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.