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Heracleum wallichii 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..
Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, many members of this genus contain furanocoumarins. These have carcinogenic, mutagenic and phototoxic properties[
]. Skin contact with the sap of some members of this genus is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[
E. Asia - Himalayas.
Shrubberies and open slopes, 3600 - 4100 metres from C. Nepal to Bhutan[
We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in this country, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in much of Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in any ordinary garden soil, doing best in moist soils or deep woodland[
The root is aphrodisiac and tonic[
Seed - sow mid to late spring or early autumn in situ.
Division in the autumn.