Herb latin name: Stilbocarpa polaris
Synonyms: Aralia polaris
Family: Araliaceae (Ginseng Family)
Edible parts of Stilbocarpa polaris:Root - cooked. The long roots are saccharine and have been used by ship-wrecked sailors as sustenance for lengthened periods. Leaf stems - cooked. A celery flavour. Leaves - cooked. They taste like wet blotting paper.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Grows in the sub-Antarctic islands south of New Zealand.
Propagation of Stilbocarpa polaris:Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in late winter in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter, planting out in late spring or early summer. Division can be tried in spring.
Cultivation of the herb:Grows in the sub-Antarctic islands south of New Zealand.
Medicinal use of Stilbocarpa polaris:None known
Known hazards of Stilbocarpa polaris:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.