Herb latin name: Smilacena purpurea
Synonyms: Maianthemum purpureum, Smilacena pallida
Edible parts of Smilacena purpurea:Tender young leaves and shoots - cooked as a vegetable.
Description of the plant:
(11 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Forests and thickets at elevations of 3200 - 4000 metres in western China. Dense Betula and Sorbus forests at elevatios of 2600 - 4200 metres in Nepal.
Propagation of Smilacena purpurea:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be very slow to germinate, often taking 18 months. Stored seed should be sown in a cold frame as soon as possible, it may take 2 years or longer to germinate. Grow the seedlings on in a shady part of a greenhouse for their first year without pricking them out, giving them liquid or foliar feeds as required to ensure that they do not become nutrient deficient. Divide the young plants up into individual pots in the autumn when they are dormant, and grow them on for at least another year in a shady part of the greenhouse. When the plants have reached a sufficient size, plant them out in the autumn whilst they are dormant. Division in spring or early autumn. Very easy, 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:Forests and thickets at elevations of 3200 - 4000 metres in western China. Dense Betula and Sorbus forests at elevatios of 2600 - 4200 metres in Nepal.
Medicinal use of Smilacena purpurea:None known
Known hazards of Smilacena purpurea:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.