Adenophora argyi H.Lév.
Adenophora aurita Franch.
Adenophora axilliflora (Borbás) Borbás ex Prain
Adenophora confusa Nannf.
Adenophora farreri S.Arn..
Adenophora polymorpha stricta (Miq.) Makino
Adenophora rotundifolia H.Lév.
Adenophora sinensis pilosa A.DC.
Adenophora watsonii W.W.Sm.
Campanula axilliflora Borbás
Common Name: Sha Shen
Adenophora stricta is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing one or more unbranched stems 40 - 80cm tall from a thickened rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is often grown as an ornamental.
E. Asia - southern China, Korea. Cultivated and naturalised in Japan.
Meadows, forest margins, scrub, open mountain slopes, forests, among grasses, in rock crevices; at elevations below 3,300 metres[
]. Hillsides and hilly places in China[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Species in this genus are usually reliably hardy at temperatures down to at least -15°c, perhaps even lower if the soil is well-drained[
Prefers a light rich slightly alkaline soil that is not too dry, and a warm sunny position[
Plants are intolerant of root disturbance[
], though they are fast-growing and can become invasive when well-sited[
The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, they have been known to destroy even mature plants[
Root - cooked[
]. When boiled in two changes of water, it is said to be excellent eating[
Leaves - cooked[
The root is a stimulant herb that acts mainly on the respiratory system and the heart[
]. It is antitussive and expectorant[
] and is used internally to treat dry coughs, chronic bronchitis and tuberculosis[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[
]. The seed can also be sown in spring. Surface sow 2 - 3 seeds per pot in the spring in order to avoid transplanting[
]. We have found that if transplanted when very small seedlings grow away without difficulty[
]. Germinates in 1 - 3 months at 10°c[
]. Plant out into their permanent positions whilst young.
Basal cuttings in spring[