Herb latin name: Sparganium stoloniferum

Family: Sparganiaceae (Bur-reed Family)

Medicinal use of Sparganium stoloniferum:

The root is abortifacient, emmenagogue, galactogogue and sedative. A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of abdominal pain, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea and chest pains.

Description of the plant:


Habitat of the herb:

Shallow water in lowland all over Japan.

Edible parts of Sparganium stoloniferum:

Young stems - boiled.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a pot in the greenhouse. Stand the pots in 2 - 3cm of water. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and gradually increase the depth of water as the plants grow until it is about level with the tops of the pots. Plant them out in the summer if they have grown sufficiently, otherwise plant them out in the following spring. Division in spring or autumn. 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 Sparganium stoloniferum:

Shallow water in lowland all over Japan.

Known hazards of Sparganium stoloniferum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.