Herb latin name: Pueraria tuberosa

Synonyms: Hedysarum tuberosum

Family: Leguminosae

Medicinal use of Pueraria tuberosa:

The root is used as a demulcent and refrigerant in the treatment of fevers. It is peeled and bruised into a cataplasm and used to reduce swellings. It is crushed and rubbed on the body in the treatment of fevers and rheumatism. It is also emetic, galactogogue and tonic.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Shrubberies and streamsides, 300 - 2000 metres.

Edible parts of Pueraria tuberosa:

Root - raw. Very large, it is up to 50cm long and 30cm in diameter. A liquorice flavour.

Propagation of the herb:

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow in a warm greenhouse in early spring. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Cover the young plants with a frame or cloche until they are growing away well.

Cultivation of Pueraria tuberosa:

Shrubberies and streamsides, 300 - 2000 metres.

Known hazards of Pueraria tuberosa:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.