Aralia fargesii is a herbaceous, perennial plant, forming a spreading clump of growth from 70 - 150cm tall. The plant grows from a thick, horizontal rhizome, though young plants have taproots[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine
E. Asia - central and southwest China (Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan)
Forests or thickets, streambanks;usually in relatively rich habitats; at elevations from 1,750 - 3,400 metres[
Species in this genus generally grow best in a good deep loam and a semi-shady position[
]. Require a sheltered position[
]. Plants are hardier when grown in poorer soils[
The roots are used as a blood-regulating medicine, and also in the treatment of arthritis[
Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 - 5 months of cold stratification. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 4 months at 20°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Once the plants are 25cm or more tall, they can be planted out into their permanent positions, late spring or early summer being the best time to do this.
Root cuttings 8cm long, early winter in a cold frame[
]. Store the roots upside down in sand and pot up in early to mid spring. High percentage[
Division of suckers in late winter[
]. Very easy, the suckers can be planted out direct into their permanent positions if required.