Herb latin name: Spiraea blumei
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Edible parts of Spiraea blumei:The leaves are a tea substitute.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Thickets and ravines, 600 - 2000 metres in W. Hupeh. Sunny slopes, mixed forests and roadsides at elevations of 500 - 2000 metres.
Propagation of Spiraea blumei:Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame if possible. It is likely to require stratification before it germinates, so stored seed should be sown in a cold frame as early in the year as you receive it. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a light sandy soil a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, 15cm long, October/November in an outdoor frame. Another report says that September is a good time to do this. Division of suckers in early spring. They can be planted out straight into their permanent positions.
Cultivation of the herb:Thickets and ravines, 600 - 2000 metres in W. Hupeh. Sunny slopes, mixed forests and roadsides at elevations of 500 - 2000 metres.
Medicinal use of Spiraea blumei:None known
Known hazards of Spiraea blumei:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.