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Sagina maxima is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
Near seashores, C. and N. Japan[
]. Roadsides, hilly slopes and damp places by stream banks in China[
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 should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. One report says that it is no more than a synonym for S. japonica[
]. It quite possible resists maritime exposure.
The whole plant is febrifuge, its use stimulates blood circulation[
]. A decoction is used in the treatment of 'angry' boils, 'lacquer' sores (probably refers to rashes caused by the sap of Toxicodendron species[
]), dental caries, snakebites, pterygium and traumatic injuries[
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in the spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
If you have sufficient seed it might be worthwhile sowing some in situ in mid spring.