Herb: Hui Hui Suan


Latin name: Ranunculus chinensis


Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



Edible parts of Hui Hui Suan:

Young leaves - boiled. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
60 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
April to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Wet places in C. Japan. By streams and rivers, wet grassy places, grassy slopes and meadows, below 3000 metres.

Propagation of Hui Hui Suan:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. 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:

Wet places in C. Japan. By streams and rivers, wet grassy places, grassy slopes and meadows, below 3000 metres.

Medicinal use of Hui Hui Suan:

None known

Known hazards of Ranunculus chinensis:

Although no specific record of toxicity has been found for this plant, many if not all members of this genus are poisonous. These toxins can be destroyed by heat or by drying. Many if not all plants in this genus also have a strongly acrid juice that can cause blistering to the skin.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.