Herb latin name: Patrinia triloba

Synonyms: Patrinia palmata

Family: Valerianaceae (Valerian Family)

Edible parts of Patrinia triloba:

Leaves - cooked. A famine food, it is only used when all else fails.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)


Habitat of the herb:

Grassy places in the mountains of C. Japan.

Other uses of Patrinia triloba:

Plants can be grown as a ground cover when spaced about 30cm apart each way.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow in situ in April. If you only have a small quantity of seed it is probably better to sow it in a pot in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer. Division in spring or autumn.

Cultivation of Patrinia triloba:

Grassy places in the mountains of C. Japan.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Patrinia triloba:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.