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Common Name: Spurred Gentian
Halenia elliptica is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
E. Asia - Himalayas from India to China.
Beside streams in valleys, grassland slopes, scrub, forest margins and forests at elevations of 700 - 4,100 metres[
Requires a cool, damp soil with a pH of 5 - 6, and a position in light shade with protection from strong winds[
Plants are not very hardy outdoors in this country and are best treated as frost-tender annuals[
The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, it is considered to have a bitter taste and a cooling potency[
]. It is cholagogue and febrifuge[
]. It is used in the treatment of liver inflammations, stomach complaints and fevers from contagious diseases[
Seed - best sown in early spring in a cool greenhouse[
]. Only just cover the seed. Prick out into individual pots once the plants are large enough to handle and plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts.