Herb latin name: Pulsatilla cernua

Synonyms: Anemone cernua

Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Medicinal use of Pulsatilla cernua:

Haemostatic. The root is anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent and sedative. The root is an effective cure for bacterial and amoebic dysentery. It is also used in the treatment of nose bleeds and haemorrhoids and is used externally to treat Trichomonas vaginitis. The fresh herb is a cardiac and nervous sedative, producing a hypnotic state with a diminution of the senses followed by a paralysing action. A constituent similar to digitalis can be extracted from the whole herb with the roots removed. This is cardiotonic.

Description of the plant:


20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)

to May

Habitat of the herb:

Grassland in low mountains, C. and S. Japan. Grassy slopes in northern China.

Edible parts of Pulsatilla cernua:

Young leaves and roots - cooked with other foods. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early summer in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in about 2 - 3 weeks. Sow stored seed in late winter in a cold frame. Germination takes about 1 - 6 months at 15C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the spring. Root cuttings, 4cm long taken in early winter, potted up in a mixture of peat and sand. They can also be taken in July/August, planted vertically in pots in a greenhouse or frame.

Cultivation of Pulsatilla cernua:

Grassland in low mountains, C. and S. Japan. Grassy slopes in northern China.

Known hazards of Pulsatilla cernua:

Although no mention has been seen for this species, at least one member of the genus is slightly toxic, the toxins being dissipated by heat or by drying the plant.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.