Herb latin name: Hydrangea paniculata


Family: Hydrangeaceae



Medicinal use of Hydrangea paniculata:

The flowers contain up to 4.06% rutin. This makes them useful for reducing the incidence of recurrent haemorrhages associated with increased capillary fragility, particularly in hypertension. The flowers also contain 2.5% of a phenolic compound.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
4 m
(13 feet)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Bamboo scrub, open forests and by streams. Sparse forests or thickets in valleys or on mountain slopes or tops, at elevations of 300 - 2100 metres in China.

Edible parts of Hydrangea paniculata:

The flowers contain up to 4.06% rutin.

Other uses of the herb:

The bark is used to make Japanese paper. Wood - hard, white, fine grained. Used for small items, nails, walking sticks etc.

Propagation of Hydrangea paniculata:

Seed - surface sow in a greenhouse in spring. Cover the pot with paper until the seed germinates. 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, 8cm long, July/August in a frame. Overwinter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring. Cuttings of mature wood in late autumn in a frame. Mound layering in spring. Takes 12 months. Leaf-bud cuttings of the current seasons growth in a frame.

Cultivation of the herb:

Bamboo scrub, open forests and by streams. Sparse forests or thickets in valleys or on mountain slopes or tops, at elevations of 300 - 2100 metres in China.

Known hazards of Hydrangea paniculata:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.