Herb latin name: Kadsura japonica
Synonyms: Kadsura matsudai, Uvaria japonica
Medicinal use of Kadsura japonica:A decoction of the dried fruits is bechic, stomachic and tonic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Climbs trees in woodlands. Forests and slopes at elevaions of 500 - 2000 metres in Fujian and Taiwan Provinces, China.
Edible parts of Kadsura japonica:Fruit - raw or cooked. The fruit is up to 6mm long.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - best sown when it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in early summer and give some protection for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, August in a frame. Overwinter in the greenhouse and plant out in late spring. Good percentage. Layering of long shoots in the autumn.
Cultivation of Kadsura japonica:Climbs trees in woodlands. Forests and slopes at elevaions of 500 - 2000 metres in Fujian and Taiwan Provinces, China.
Known hazards of Kadsura japonica:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.