Herb: Rui Ren
Latin name: Prinsepia uniflora
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Edible parts of Rui Ren:Fruit - raw or cooked. Juicy. The cherry-like fruit is about 15mm in diameter and contains one large seed.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Loess plateaux, areas intermediate between woodland and steppe. Sunny slopes, ravines in valleys, base of hills at elevations of 800 - 2200 metres.
Propagation of Rui Ren:Seed - best if given 2 months cold stratification. Sow the seed in autumn if possible, otherwise in late winter or early spring in a cold frame in light shade. Germination may be inhibited by light. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle into individual pots. Grow them on in a greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.
Cultivation of the herb:Loess plateaux, areas intermediate between woodland and steppe. Sunny slopes, ravines in valleys, base of hills at elevations of 800 - 2200 metres.
Medicinal use of Rui Ren:None known
Known hazards of Prinsepia uniflora:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.