Lychnis nigrescens Edgew.
Melandrium nigrescens (Edgew.) F.N.Williams
Silene nigrescens is a perennial plant growing from a creeping, branched rootstock. It produces a few to many, unbranched, ascending stems, growing 10 - 15cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - Himalayan regions of China (Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan) , Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar
Alpine meadows, gravelly grasslands, shifting screes; at elevations from 3,000 - 4,500 metres in western China and the Himalayas[
Species in this genus generally grow well in a sunny position in a well-drained but moisture-retentive fertile soil[
The flowers are used in Tibetan medicine, where they are said to have a bitter and acrid taste with a neutral potency[
]. They are used in the treatment of hearing loss, blockages of the auditory canal and entwined intestines[
Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.