Herb latin name: Stellaria nipponica
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family, Starwort Family)
Edible parts of Stellaria nipponica:Young leaves - raw or cooked.
Description of the plant:
(7 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Mainly in dry sunny situations on rocky slopes in mountains, especially in alpine areas
Propagation of Stellaria nipponica:Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Mainly in dry sunny situations on rocky slopes in mountains, especially in alpine areas
Medicinal use of Stellaria nipponica:None known
Known hazards of Stellaria nipponica:Although no mention has been seen for this species, the leaves of some members of this genus contain saponins. Although toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm. They are also broken down by thorough cooking. Saponins are found in many plants, including several that are often used for food, such as certain beans. It is advisable not to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.