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Saussurea affinis is a Biennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine..
E. Asia - China, Japan.
Mountain slopes and valleys, plains, hills, forest margins, forests, grassland, wasteland, farmland, riversidesand roadsides from near sea level to 3300 metres[
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. Some authorities now say that the correct name of this species is Hemistepta lyrata[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny well-drained position[
Leaves and young shoots[
]. No more details are given.
The juice of the root is given with other herbs in the treatment of diseases of women[
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ in May.
If seed is in short supply then sowing it in a pot in a cold frame would be advisable, planting out in the summer.