Herb: Huang Jing

Latin name: Polygonatum sibiricum

Family: Convallariaceae

Medicinal use of Huang Jing:

The root is antibacterial, antifungal, antirheumatic, antiseptic, demulcent, lenitive, tonic and vasodilator. Its use lowers the blood pressure and prevents atherosclerosis and fatty infiltration in the liver. It is used in the treatment of dry coughs due to chronic bronchitis and pulmonary tuberculosis, fatigue and poor appetite.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Woods and sandy places near the sea.

Edible parts of Huang Jing:

Young shoots - cooked. They can be used as an asparagus substitute. Root - cooked. Rich in starch.

Other uses of the herb:

The plant has insecticidal properties.

Propagation of Huang Jing:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early autumn in a shady part of a cold greenhouse. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. Germination can be slow, they may not come true to type and it takes a few years for them to reach a good size. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position 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 March or October. 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.

Cultivation of the herb:

Woods and sandy places near the sea.

Known hazards of Polygonatum sibiricum:

Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, some members of this genus have poisonous fruits and seeds.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.