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Patrinia villosa is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
E. Asia - Japan.
Sunny hills and low elevations in mountains all over Japan[
Easily grown in any light rich soil[
]. Thrives in any moderately retentive fertile soil in sun or part shade[
Plants are hardy to about -15°c[
Grows well in the woodland garden[
Young leaves and flower buds - cooked and used as a vegetable[
The whole plant is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and hepatic. It is used in the treatment of carbuncles, acute appendicitis, intestinal abscess, postpartum pain, dysmenorrhoea and endometriosis[
]. It stimulates the circulation, treats abscesses, promotes regeneration of liver cells[
]. Large doses can cause a decrease of white blood cells, nausea and dizziness[
Seed - sow in situ in mid spring[
If you only have a small quantity of seed it is probably better to sow it in a pot in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.
Division in spring or autumn.