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Mazus pumilus is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.15 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - Himalayas from Kashmir to China, Japan, Korea and eastern Russia.
Wet grassland, along streams, trailsides, waste fields, wet places and the edges of forests, grassland on mountain slopes at elevations of 1200 - 3800 metres in China[
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 could succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained but moisture-retentive loamy soil in a sunny position[
Young leaves - cooked[
The plant is aperient, emmenagogue, febrifuge and tonic[
]. The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of typhoid[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in the spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.