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Hemerocallis plicata is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Large quantities of the leaves are said to be hallucinogenic. Blanching the leaves removes this hallucinatory component[
]. (This report does not make clear what it means by blanching, it could be excluding light from the growing shoots or immersing in boiling water[
E. Asia - S.W. and W. China.
Sub-alpine woods and alpine meadows[
]. Pinus forests, forest margins, thinly forested hilltops and grassy slopes at elevations of 1500 - 3200 metres in Sichuan and Yunnan[
Succeeds in most soils[
], including dry ones, preferring a rich moist soil and a sunny position but tolerating partial shade. Plants flower less freely in a shady position though the flowers can last longer in such a position[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in short grass if the soil is moist[
]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[
The string-like roots have spindle-shaped swellings near their ends[
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[
]. This species is closely related to H. multiflora, differing mainly in height, number of flowers on a scape and the folding of the leaves[
Plants take a year or two to become established after being moved[
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
The plants are very susceptible to slug and snail damage, the young growth in spring is especially at risk[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked[
]. They must be consumed when very young or else they become fibrous[
Flowers and flower buds - raw or cooked[
]. The flower buds contain about 43mg vitamin C per 100g, 983 IU vitamin A and 3.1% protein[
Root - raw or cooked. A radish-like flavour, but not so sharp[
]. The roots are slightly fleshy, with a large, oblong, swollen, tuberous part near the tip[
The juice of the roots is an effective antidote in cases of arsenic poisoning[
A tea made from the boiled roots is used as a diuretic[
The tough dried foliage is plaited into cord and used for making footwear[
Seed - sow in the middle of spring in a greenhouse. Germination is usually fairly rapid and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow the plants on for their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring[
Division in spring or after flowering in late summer or autumn[
]. Division is very quick and easy, succeeding at almost any time of the year[
]. 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.