Herb latin name: Veratrum maackii parviflorum


Family: Melanthiaceae



Medicinal use of Veratrum maackii parviflorum:

The root is emetic, expectorant and vermifuge. It is used in Korea in the treatment of mucosal irritation, nausea and vomiting. The whole plant is analgesic.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Mountain woods of C. and N. Japan. Mountain forests and alpine meadows at elevations of 400 - 1700 metres in northern China.

Edible parts of Veratrum maackii parviflorum:

According to one report the whole plant is edible. This report should be viewed with extreme scepticism, the plant is likely to be very poisonous.

Other uses of the herb:

The dried and powdered root is used as an insecticide and a parasiticide. It is also effective against caterpillars and mammals so great caution is advised.

Propagation of Veratrum maackii parviflorum:

Unless stored in damp sand at around 4C the seed has a short viability. Where possible it is best to sow the seed in a lightly shaded position in the greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed needs to be stratified but can be very slow to germinate. Germination can be erratic even for seed sown when it was fresh, it usually takes place within 3 - 12 months at 15C but can be much longer. The plant produces just one seedleaf in its first year, this forms an over-wintering bulb. It takes up to 10 years for the plant to reach maturity. Sow the seed thinly so there is no need to thin or transplant them, and grow the seedlings on undisturbed in the pot for their first two years of growth. Apply a liquid feed at intervals through the growing season to ensure the plants do not become nutrient deficient. At the end of the second year plant out the dormant plants into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for a further year or two before planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division in March/April or in October. Establish the plants in pots in a shaded frame before planting them out. Division is best carried out in the autumn because the plants come into growth very early in the spring. Root cuttings, 6mm long with a bud, rooted in a sandy soil in a cold frame.

Cultivation of the herb:

Mountain woods of C. and N. Japan. Mountain forests and alpine meadows at elevations of 400 - 1700 metres in northern China.

Known hazards of Veratrum maackii parviflorum:

All parts of the plant are highly poisonous.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.