Herb: Mao Gen
Latin name: Ranunculus japonicus
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Medicinal use of Mao Gen:The plant is decongestant and vermicide. It is used in the treatment of malaria. The plant contains antitumour compounds.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Moist soils in grassy places in lowland and mountains all over Japan.
Edible parts of Mao Gen:Leaves - cooked. The leaves contain a low level of toxicity that is not enough to be injurious.
Propagation of the herb: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.
Cultivation of Mao Gen:Moist soils in grassy places in lowland and mountains all over Japan.
Known hazards of Ranunculus japonicus:The leaves are poisonous. The toxicity is of a low measure and the 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.