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Common Name: Japanese Hawkweed
Youngia japonica is a Biennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - China, Japan Korea.
Waste ground, cultivated fields and roadsides all over Japan[
]. Mountain slopes, mountain valleys, forests, forest margins, grassland in forests, moist areas at elevations of 200 - 4500 metres[
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 in most parts of the country. We do not know the plants cultivation needs.
Young leaves and young plant - raw or cooked[
The plant is antitussive and febrifuge[
]. It is also used in the treatment of boils and snakebites[
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in middle to late spring in situ. If you only have a small quantity of seed then it will probably be better to sow it in a cold frame in mid spring and plant out in late spring.