Herb latin name: Polygonum bungeanum
Synonyms: Persicaria bungeana
Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)
Edible parts of Polygonum bungeanum:Leaves - raw or cooked. Seed - raw or cooked. It is rather small and fiddly to utilize.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Sands amongst osier beds, near rice field canals, cultivated land etc. Grassy valleys, near fields and roadsides at elevations of 50 - 1700 metres.
Propagation of Polygonum bungeanum:Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination is usually free and easy. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer if they have reached sufficient size. If not, overwinter them in a cold frame and plant them out the following spring after the last expected frosts.
Cultivation of the herb:Sands amongst osier beds, near rice field canals, cultivated land etc. Grassy valleys, near fields and roadsides at elevations of 50 - 1700 metres.
Medicinal use of Polygonum bungeanum:None known
Known hazards of Polygonum bungeanum:Although no specific mention has been made for this species, there have been reports that some members of this genus can cause photosensitivity in susceptible people. Many species also contain oxalic acid (the distinctive lemony flavour of sorrel) - whilst not toxic this substance can bind up other minerals making them unavailable to the body and leading to mineral deficiency. Having said that, a number of common foods such as sorrel and rhubarb contain oxalic acid and the leaves of most members of this genus are nutritious and beneficial to eat in moderate quantities. Cooking the leaves will reduce their content of oxalic acid. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.