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Ardisia crispa - (Thunb.)A.DC.
                 
Common Name
Family Primulaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods in low mountains, C. and S. Japan[58]. Mixed or broad-leaved forests, damp places, bamboo woods, hillsides and valleys at elevations of 100 - 2500 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - S. China, Japan, India.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade

Summary

Ardisia crispa


Ardisia crispa
   
Physical Characteristics
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Ardisia crispa is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 2 m (6ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to December. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw. Used in salads[218].
Medicinal Uses


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Antidote;  Diuretic;  Pectoral.

The root is antidotal and diuretic[218]. An infusion is pectoral[218]. The plant is crushed and applied to scurf, it is also applied to the ears in the treatment of earache[218].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a well-drained humus rich soil in partial shade in a position sheltered from cold drying winds[200]. We are not sure if this plant is hardy outdoors in Britain. One report says that it is hardy in zone 7 (tolerating temperatures down to between -10 and -15°c) but then goes on to suggest that it is best grown in pots or tubs outdoors and moved into a cold greenhouse in the winter[200]. There are some named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200]. The plant has creeping rhizomes[266]. There has been some confusion between this species and A. crenata, the name Ardisia crispa was misapplied by de Candolle to Ardisia crenata[266].
Propagation
Seed - best harvested when it is ripe in the winter and sown immediately in a greenhouse[1]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady part of the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, once the plants are 20cm or more tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood in summer[200]. Grow on in cool, shaded humid conditions until well rooted[200].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
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Ardisia sieboldiiDuo Zhi Zi Jin Niu10
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