Herb latin name: Liriope graminifolia


Family: Convallariaceae



Medicinal use of Liriope graminifolia:

The root is aphrodisiac, pectoral and stimulant.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Perennial

Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
June to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Lowland and foothills all over Japan. Forests, thickets, shady places along ravines, grassy and rocky places from near sea level to 2300 metres.

Edible parts of Liriope graminifolia:

Root - cooked. Candied and used medicinally. The root has a fleshy, tuberous part near its tip. Rich in mucilage, the root also contains about 1.6% protein, 0.5% fat, 80% carbohydrate and 2.3% ash.

Other uses of the herb:

A good drought tolerant evergreen ground cover plant.

Propagation of Liriope graminifolia:

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing it in a cold frame or greenhouse as soon as the seed is ripe if possible, if not then sowing the stored seed in early spring in a cold frame. 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. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Lowland and foothills all over Japan. Forests, thickets, shady places along ravines, grassy and rocky places from near sea level to 2300 metres.

Known hazards of Liriope graminifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.