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Common Name: Trailing Bellflower
Cyananthus lobatus is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.10 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
E. Asia - Himalayas from Garwhal to Sikkim.
Found in the alpine zone at heights of up to 4,200 metres. Open fields at elevations of 3300 - 4700 metres in Nepal[
Prefers a low-fertility, deep, gritty, cool and humus-rich soil, preferably acid, though most members of the genus will tolerate a little lime[
]. Tolerant of high summer rainfall, thriving in moist soils if these have perfect drainage[
Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[
There are some named forms, selected for their ornamental value[
The flowers are used in Tibetan medicine, they are said to have a sweet, astringent and acrid taste with a cooling potency[
]. They are laxative and dry up serous fluids, and are used in the treatment of various serous disorders and constipation[
The juice of the root, mixed with a equal quantity of the root juice of Valeriana jatamansii, is used in the treatment of peptic ulcers[
Seed - best sown in the autumn as soon as it is ripe[
]. Only just cover the seed and place it in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse until large enough to plant out (this is best done in early to mid summer).
Softwood cuttings in spring[