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Adenophora stricta - Miq.

Common Name Sha Shen, Ladybells
Family Campanulaceae
USDA hardiness 7-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hillsides and hilly places in China[147].
Range E. Asia - China. Cultivated and naturalised in Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Adenophora stricta Sha Shen, Ladybells


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Adenophora stricta Sha Shen, Ladybells

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Summary

Bloom Color: Purple. Main Bloom Time: Early fall. Form: Irregular or sprawling.


Physical Characteristics

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Adenophora stricta is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower in September, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[105, 177]. When boiled in two changes of water, it is said to be excellent eating[179]. Leaves - cooked[105, 177, 179].

Medicinal Uses



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Antitussive;  Expectorant.

The root is a stimulant herb that acts mainly on the respiratory system and the heart[238]. It is antitussive and expectorant[147] and is used internally to treat dry coughs, chronic bronchitis and tuberculosis[238].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Massing. Prefers a light rich slightly alkaline soil that is not too dry, and a warm sunny position[1, 200]. Plants are intolerant of root disturbance[1], though they are fast-growing and can become invasive when well-sited[238]. The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, they have been known to destroy even mature plants[K]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Attractive flowers or blooms.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[200]. The seed can also be sown in spring. Surface sow 2 - 3 seeds per pot in the spring in order to avoid transplanting[133]. We have found that if transplanted when very small seedlings grow away without difficulty[K]. Germinates in 1 - 3 months at 10°c[133]. Plant out into their permanent positions whilst young. Basal cuttings in spring[238, K]. Division in spring - very difficult because the plant dislikes root disturbance[1].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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