Herb latin name: Patrinia villosa

Family: Valerianaceae (Valerian Family)

Medicinal use of Patrinia villosa:

The whole plant is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and hepatic. It is used in the treatment of carbuncles, acute appendicitis, intestinal abscess, postpartum pain, dysmenorrhoea and endometriosis. It stimulates the circulation, treats abscesses, promotes regeneration of liver cells. Large doses can cause a decrease of white blood cells, nausea and dizziness.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)


Habitat of the herb:

Sunny hills and low elevations in mountains all over Japan.

Edible parts of Patrinia villosa:

Young leaves and flower buds - cooked and used as a vegetable.

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 villosa:

Sunny hills and low elevations in mountains all over Japan.

Known hazards of Patrinia villosa:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.