Herb latin name: Sedum kamtschaticum

Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)

Medicinal use of Sedum kamtschaticum:

The whole plant is anodyne and antiphlogistic. It stimulates the circulation. A decoction is used in the treatment of traumatic injuries, bleeding cuts, burns and poisonous snakebites. The fresh plant is crushed and applied externally to cuts, burns, traumatic injuries etc.

Description of the plant:


8 cm
(3 1/4 inch)

July to

Habitat of the herb:

Rocks in mountains all over Japan.

Edible parts of Sedum kamtschaticum:

Young leaves and stems - cooked.

Other uses of the herb:

Plants can be grown as a ground cover when planted about 30cm apart each way.

Propagation of Sedum kamtschaticum:

Seed - surface sow in spring in well-drained soil in a sunny position in a greenhouse. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. If sufficient growth is made, it is possible to plant them out during the summer, otherwise keep them in a cold-frame or greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in early summer of the following year. Division is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season, though is probably best done in spring or early summer. 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:

Rocks in mountains all over Japan.

Known hazards of Sedum kamtschaticum:

Although not poisonous, if large quantities of this plant are eaten it can cause a stomach upset.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.