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Useful Temperate Plants

Bidens parviflora

Willd.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Bidens macrosperma Fisch.

Bidens messerschmidii Turcz. ex Ledeb.

Bidens multifida Desf.

Bidens pauciflora Poir.

Common Name:

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General Information

Bidens parviflora ia an erect, branched annual plant usually growing 20 - 50cm tall, occasionally to 80cm[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and probably also as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

58
Title
Flora of Japan. (English translation)
Publication
 
Author
Ohwi. G.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution
Year
1965
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.
,
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

E. Asia - eastern Russia, Mongolia, China, Japan, Korea.

Habitat

Coastal and riverside precipices and rocks, sandy banks, rocky outcrops. Sometimes found as ruderales by stony fences, walls etc[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in any moderately fertile moisture-retentive soil in full sun[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

Young plants - cooked[
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
].

Medicinal

The plant is said to clear heat, detoxify, motivate blood circulation, and remove stasis. It is used in the treatment of conditions such as fever, coughing and sore throat in common cold; enteritis, diarrhoea, and appendicitis; infantile fever with convulsions; trauma, frostbite, itching skin rash, carbuncles and furuncles, or snake bites (for the latter applications it can also be used topically, by pulverizing the herb)[
178
Title
Chinese Materia Medica.
Publication
 
Author
Stuart. Rev. G. A.
Publisher
Taipei. Southern Materials Centre
Year
1911
ISBN
-
Description
A translation of an ancient Chinese herbal. Fascinating.
,
1103
Title
Bidens: A Popular Remedy Escapes Notice of Western Practitioners
Publication
 
Author
Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D
Publisher
Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A leaflet produced by the Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon. It looks at the scientific research into the medicinal properties of the genus Bidens, giving full references to the various papers
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in May.
Alternatively, a sowing in situ in mid to late spring can be tried.
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