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Common Name: Ji Gu Chai
Elsholtzia fruticosa is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Asia - China, Nepal.
Grasslands, open hills, valleys; 1200-3200 m. Gansu, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan[
Grows well on woodland margins[
This species is a sub-shrub, the woody stems often dying back to the base in severe winters[
The powdered seeds are used as a condiment for flavouring foodstuffs[
An edible oil is obtained from the seed[
One report says that the plant is used medicinally, but gives no more information[
The juice of the roots is used to relieve headaches[
The highly aromatic foliage is used in pot-pourri[
]. The powdered plant is used for incense[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse or cold frame[
]. 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.