Herb latin name: Senecio cannabifolius

Synonyms: Senecio palmatus

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Senecio cannabifolius:

The plant (though the part used is not specified) is anodyne, antirheumatic, contraceptive and used in the treatment of skin complaints. It stimulates the circulation. A decoction is used in the treatment of amenorrhoea, abdominal distension and cramps, traumatic injuries, bruises and swellings.

Description of the plant:


2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Mountains of N. Japan.

Edible parts of Senecio cannabifolius:

Leaves and stems - cooked. A bitter taste should be removed by leaching the leaves or cooking them in more than one change of water. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Make sure the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer if they have grown sufficiently. Otherwise, grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out the following year after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Root cuttings in early spring.

Cultivation of Senecio cannabifolius:

Mountains of N. Japan.

Known hazards of Senecio cannabifolius:

Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus that contains a number of plants with a cumulative poisonous effect on the liver. Some caution is advised.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.