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Lithospermum erythrorhizon - Siebold.&Zucc.
                 
Common Name Lithospermum
Family Boraginaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassy slopes in mountains and hills all over Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - Eastern China, Japan and Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Lithospermum erythrorhizon Lithospermum


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Lithospermum erythrorhizon Lithospermum
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Physical Characteristics
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Lithospermum erythrorhizon is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Jun to September, and the seeds ripen from Jul 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
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Antitumor;  Contraceptive;  Depurative;  Febrifuge;  Salve.

All parts of the plant are antitumor, cardiotonic, contraceptive, depurative and febrifuge[147, 174, 176, 218, 238]. It is used internally in the treatment of irritant skin conditions, measles, chicken pox, boils, carbuncles, hepatitis and skin cancer[238]. Externally it is used to treat nappy rash, burns, cuts, wounds, abscesses, eczema and haemorrhoids[147, 174, 176, 218, 238]. The plant is an ingredient of commercial skin care creams[238]. The plants are harvested when in flower, the roots in the autumn[238]. They are dried for later use[238].
Other Uses
Dye.

A purple dye is obtained from the root[46, 61, 218]. It is harvested in the spring[178]. It is much liked but the colour is fugitive and production costs high[174].
Cultivation details
Requires a warm sunny position in a moderately fertile well-drained soil[1, 200]. Prefers a neutral to alkaline soil and also succeeds in partial shade[238]. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[238]. This species is cultivated in Japan[46] (as a dye plant?).
Propagation
Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings. Division in the autumn[238].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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