Aster fauriei H.Lév. & Vaniot
Aster feddei H.Lév. & Vaniot
Aster oharae Nakai
Erigeron oharae (Nakai) Batsch.
Heteropappus oharae (Nakai) Kitam.
Aster spathulifolius is a herbaceous, perennial plant with creeping stems that become more or less woody, at least at their base; it produces basal rosettes of leaves and erect flowering stems 20 - 40cm tall[
The plant is a commonly used traditional medicine and vegetable in Japan and Korea and has recently (2012, 2016)) been shown to also be an effective treatment for obesity, working by reducing levels of lipids in the body. It is generally harvested from the wild for food and medicinal use. It is often grown as an ornamental, especially in Japan[
E. Asia - Russian Far East, southern Japan, Korea
Rocky places near the sea[
]. Gravel beds and rocks of the seacoast[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
In general, species in this genus succeed in most good garden soils[
], preferring one that is well-drained and moisture retentive[
]. Prefers a sunny position[
Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[
Leaves and young shoots - used as a vegetable[
The plant is used medicinally[
]. No more information is given.
The plant is antiviral and antiallergic[
]. It has also been shown to be an effective treatment for reducing lipid levels in the body and thus promoting weight loss in overweight people[
Seed - surface sow in spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to become dry. Pre-chilling the seed for two weeks can improve germination rates[
]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks at 20°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring or autumn[