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Dipsacus japonicus - Miq.
                 
Common Name Xu Duan
Family Dipsacaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wild places and roadsides in China[147]. Sunny places at elevations of 300 - 1500 metres in central and southern Japan[275].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Dipsacus japonicus Xu Duan


Dipsacus japonicus Xu Duan
   
Physical Characteristics
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Dipsacus japonicus is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 6in). It is in flower from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - cooked. A famine food, used when all else fails[177].
Medicinal Uses


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Antirheumatic;  Cancer;  Emmenagogue;  Galactofuge;  Haemostatic;  Hepatic;  Kidney;  Tonic.


The roots contain alkaloids, tannins and sugars[283]. They are antirheumatic, cancer, emmenagogue, galactofuge, haemostatic, hepatic and tonic. It is used as a kidney tonic[61, 147, 176, 178]. A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthralgia, traumatic injuries, backache and weak knees, seminal emissions, polyuria and also to secure abortions[176, 218]. The seed is diuretic[218]. The plant is used in the treatment of rheumatism[218]. It also has a long history of folk use in the treatment of breast cancer[218].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
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 this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a well-drained humus-rich soil in sun or semi-shade.
Propagation
Seed - we have no details but suggest sowing it in a greenhouse in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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