Herb latin name: Pachyphragma macrophylla

Synonyms: Pachyrrhizus tuberosus, Thlaspi macrophyllum

Family: Cruciferae

Edible parts of Pachyphragma macrophylla:

It would be worthwhile trying out the leaves of this species for edibility. They are almost certainly not poisonous.

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

to April

Habitat of the herb:

Wet beech forests to elevations of 1900 metres in Turkey

Other uses of Pachyphragma macrophylla:

An excellent weed-smothering ground cover plant for shady areas. The plants have persistent basal rosettes but only achieve full ground cover from mid or late spring until early winter each year.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow autumn in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

Cultivation of Pachyphragma macrophylla:

Wet beech forests to elevations of 1900 metres in Turkey

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Pachyphragma macrophylla:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.