Herb latin name: Stewartia pseudocamellia
Synonyms: Stuartia pseudocamellia
Family: Theaceae (Tea Family)
Edible parts of Stewartia pseudocamellia:Young leaves - cooked.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Semi-shaded habitats in moist woodland in mountains.
Propagation of Stewartia pseudocamellia:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame or in an outdoor seedbed if there is sufficient seed. Stored seed is best soaked for 3 days in warm water and then given 3 - 5 months warm stratification followed by 3 months cold stratification at 5°C, it can take 18 months to germinate. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in early summer. Cuttings of short side branches, 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. One report says it is best to keep the cuttings growing through the winter if possible whilst another says they should be allowed to become dormant once they have rooted. Layering.
Cultivation of the herb:Semi-shaded habitats in moist woodland in mountains.
Medicinal use of Stewartia pseudocamellia:None known
Known hazards of Stewartia pseudocamellia:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.