Herb latin name: Rubia sikkimensis
Family: Rubiaceae (Madder Family)
Description of the plant:
(6 1/2 foot)
Habitat of Rubia sikkimensis:Found at elevations from 600 - 1,500 metres.
Other uses of the herb:A red dye is obtained from the roots, it is sold in local markets in the Himalayas.
Propagation of Rubia sikkimensis:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed can be very slow to germinate. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for the first year. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring or at any time in the growing season if the divisions are kept well watered until established. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Found at elevations from 600 - 1,500 metres.
Medicinal use of Rubia sikkimensis:None known
Known hazards of Rubia sikkimensis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.