Herb latin name: Peucedanum japonicum

Family: Umbelliferae

Medicinal use of Peucedanum japonicum:

The root contains coumarins and has been shown to be cytotoxic and inhibit the clotting of the blood. It is used medicinally in Korea in the treatment of migraine headaches, colds and rheumatoid arthritis.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

July to

Habitat of the herb:

Sandy places near seashores, C. and S. Japan.

Edible parts of Peucedanum japonicum:

Young leaves - parboiled.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible otherwise in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

Cultivation of Peucedanum japonicum:

Sandy places near seashores, C. and S. Japan.

Known hazards of Peucedanum japonicum:

Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, skin contact with the sap of a number of members in this genus is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people. They are also said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.