Valeriana villosa Thunb.
Patrinia dielsii Graebn.
Patrinia graveolens Hance
Patrinia ovata Bunge
Patrinia sinensis (H.Lév.) Koidz.
Patrinia villosa is a biennial to perennial plant that can grow from 50 - 120cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. The young shoots are sold in local food markets in Korea[
E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea
Sunny hills and low elevations in mountains all over Japan[
]. Forests, forest margins, thickets, grassy areas, roadsides[
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[
]. Harvested in the spring[
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.