Herb latin name: Helwingia chinensis


Family: Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)



Medicinal use of Helwingia chinensis:

A decoction of the leaves and the bark are ingested for treating skin inflammations.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
150 cm
(5 feet)

Flovering:
April
to May

Habitat of the herb:

Thickets, 1300 - 2300 metres in W. Szechwan. Mixed woods and thickets on slopes, broad-leaved forests, at elevations of 1000 - 2600 metres.

Edible parts of Helwingia chinensis:

The flowers and leaves might be edible.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in late winter. 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, July/August in a frame.

Cultivation of Helwingia chinensis:

Thickets, 1300 - 2300 metres in W. Szechwan. Mixed woods and thickets on slopes, broad-leaved forests, at elevations of 1000 - 2600 metres.

Known hazards of Helwingia chinensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.