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Common Name: Nepalese Crane's Bill
Geranium nepalense is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Asia - China to the Himalayas.
Semi-shaded scrubby slopes and in forests, 1500 - 2300 metres in the Himalayas[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile retentive soil in a sunny position[
]. Tolerates a wide range of soil types[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[
]. No further details are given.
Fruits - chewed fresh[
]. The fruit is a small dry capsule[
The whole plant is antibacterial and astringent[
]. It is prescribed in the treatment of nervous diseases, numbness of the limbs, pains, rheumatism, renal diseases etc[
]. The juice of the plant is valued in treating renal diseases[
A red dye is obtained from the root, it is similar to Rubia cordifolia[
The root contains 25 - 32% tannins[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring or autumn. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.