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Cynanchum wilfordii is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
There are some reports of toxins in this genus[
E. Asia - northern China, Japan, Korea.
Open grassy slopes on mountains and hills in Korea[
]. Forest edges and lowlands to elevations of 1600 metres in Japan[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. It probably does not have any special cultivation requirements and will probably succeed in most soils in a sunny position[
The root contains several medically active compounds, it is tonic and has liver-protecting properties[
]. It is used in Korea to treat scrofula and cold knee[
Seed - sow spring in the greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.