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Peucedanum japonicum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, skin contact with the sap of a number of members in this genus is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[
]. They are also said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[
E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea and the Phillipines.
Sandy places near seashores, C. and S. Japan[
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 should succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any moisture-retentive soil in a sunny position[
Suitable for group plantings in the wild garden[
Young leaves - parboiled[
The root contains coumarins and has been shown to be cytotoxic and inhibit the clotting of the blood[
]. It is used medicinally in Korea in the treatment of migraine headaches, colds and rheumatoid arthritis[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible otherwise in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.