Adenophora manshurica Nakai
Adenophora polymorpha alternifolia Franch. & Sav.
Adenophora polymorpha calicina Franch. & Sav.
Adenophora polymorpha divaricata (Franch. & Sav.) Makino
Adenophora polymorpha urticifolia Franch. & Sav.
Adenophora tyosenensis Nakai ex Chung
Photograph by: peganum
Adenophora divaricata is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing a single, unbranched stem up to 100cm tall from a thickened rootstock that is 15 - 35mm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. The leaves are often sold in local food markets in Korea[
E. Asia - Russian Far East, northern China, Japan, Korea.
Mountains, C. Japan[
]. Deciduous forests and sunny grassy slopes, or on rocks at elevations of 300 - 1,700 metres[
Species in this genus are usually reliably hardy at temperatures down to at least -15°c, perhaps even lower if the soil is well-drained[
Prefers a light rich slightly alkaline soil that is not too dry, and a warm sunny position[
Intolerant of root disturbance[
The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, they have been known to destroy even mature plants[
Young leaves - cooked[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[
]. The seed can also be sown in spring. Surface sow 2 - 3 seeds per pot in the spring in order to avoid transplanting[
]. We have found that if transplanted when very small seedlings grow away without difficulty[
]. Germinates in 1 - 3 months at 10°c[
]. Plant out into their permanent positions whilst young.
Basal cuttings in spring[