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Erodium stephanianum is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
E. Asia - China, Japan, Mongolia, Siberia and the Himalayas.
Dry slopes, sandy river banks and as a weed of cultivation[
]. Open places at elevations of 2500 - 4000 metres in Nepal[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a sunny well-drained position and a limy soil or at least one that is not acid[
The aerial parts of the plant are antirheumatic, antiseptic and astringent[
]. They are used in the treatment of acute and chronic rheumatalgia, diarrhoea, dysentery and enteritis[
]. The plant has also shown antibacterial action against Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci, Pneumococci, Shigella flexneri etc[
]. A paste of the plant is applied externally in the treatment of gout[
A green dye can be obtained from the whole plant. It does not require a mordant[
Seed - sow in situ as soon as the seed is ripe in the late summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring[
]. It usually germinates readily[