Herb latin name: Salix schwerinii
Synonyms: Salix kinuyanagi
Family: Salicaceae (Willow Family)
Medicinal use of Salix schwerinii:The fresh bark of all members of this genus contains salicin, which probably decomposes into salicylic acid (closely related to aspirin) in the human body. This is used as an anodyne and febrifuge.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Only known in cultivation.
Other uses of Salix schwerinii:The stems are very flexible and are used in basket making. They are used for the coarser forms of basketry. The plant is usually coppiced annually when grown for basket making, though it is possible to coppice it every two years if thick poles are required as uprights.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - must be surface sown as soon as it is ripe in late spring. It has a very short viability, perhaps as little as a few days. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, November to February in a sheltered outdoor bed or planted straight into their permanent position and given a good weed-suppressing mulch. Very easy. Plant into their permanent positions in the autumn. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, June to August in a frame. Very easy.
Cultivation of Salix schwerinii:Only known in cultivation.
Known hazards of Salix schwerinii:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.