Herb latin name: Swertia japonica


Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)



Medicinal use of Swertia japonica:

The whole plant is bitter and stomachic. It is used in the treatment of digestive disorders.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)

Habitat of the herb:

Sunny slopes and thickets in lowland and hills all over Japan.

Edible parts of Swertia japonica:

The leaves might be edible cooked as a potherb.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in temperatures not exceeding 10C in a humus-rich medium. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them Tu in early summer.

Cultivation of Swertia japonica:

Sunny slopes and thickets in lowland and hills all over Japan.

Known hazards of Swertia japonica:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.