Cineraria japonica Thunb.
Senecio pierotii Miq.
Tephroseris japonica (Thunb.) C.Jeffrey
Tephroseris pierotii is a n erect,perennial plant with a solitary, rather stout stem; it can grow around 50 - 60cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus that contains a number of plants with a cumulative poisonous effect on the liver[
]. Some caution is advised.
E. Asia - eastern China, central and southern Japan, Korea.
Marshes, wet places, at elevations from 300 - 500 metres[
Succeeds in a sunny position in most well-drained moderately fertile soils[
Leaves - cooked[
]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Make sure the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer if they have grown sufficiently. Otherwise, grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out the following year after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring[
Root cuttings in early spring[