Angelica pubescens biserrata R.H.Shan & C.Q.Yuan
Common Name: Du Huo
Angelica biserrata is a herbaceous, perennial plant with stout stems 100 - 200cm tall growing from an aromatic taproot up to 15cm long and 1 - 2.5cm wide[
The plant is an important Chinese herb and is commonly harvested from the wild for local use and for trade.
E. Asia - eastern and central China
Sparse shrubby thickets, damp slopes; at elevations from 1,000 - 1,700 metres[
Angelica biserrata is native to eastern and central China, where it grows in areas with hardyness zones ranging from 8 - 9.
Species in this genus generally grow best in a deep moist fertile soil in dappled shade or full sun[
Plants are reliably perennial if they are prevented from setting seed[
The roots are widely used as the important traditional Chinese medicine 'du huo' especially as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory in the treatment of rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis[
The root is analgesic, antiinflammatory, antirheumatic, hypnotic, nervine, sedative and vasodilator[
]. It is used in the treatment of the common cold with fever, headache and muscle ache; rheumatic pain, especially of the lower part of the body[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe since the seed only has a short viability[
]. Seed can also be sown in the spring, though germination rates will be lower. It requires light for germination[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in the spring.
The seed can also be sow in situ as soon as it is ripe.