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Aster tataricus - L.f.

Common Name Tartarian Aster
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Subalpine meadows and wet places, C. and S. Japan[58, 187]. Marshy areas in mountains[279].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea, Siberia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Aster tataricus Tartarian Aster


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Aster tataricus is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft) by 1.2 m (4ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Sep to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, lepidoptera, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young plant[105, 177]. No more details are given.

Medicinal Uses



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Antibacterial;  Antifungal;  Antitussive;  Cancer;  Expectorant.

This species has been used for at least 2,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. The root contains triterpenes and triterpene saponins, and is a stimulant expectorant herb for the bronchial system, helping to clear infections[238, 279]. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antitussive, expectorant and stimulant[176, 218, 238, 279]. It has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, Bacillus dysenteriae, B. typhi, Pseudomonas and Vibrio Proteus[176]. The root is taken internally in the treatment of chronic bronchitis and tuberculosis and is often used raw with honey in order to increase the expectorant effect[176, 238]. The root is harvested in the autumn and can be dried for later use[238]. The plant contains the triterpene epifriedelinol, which has shown anticancer activity, and is used as a folk cure for cancer[218, 279].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most good garden soils[1], preferring one that is well-drained and moisture retentive[200]. Prefers a sunny position[200], but also succeeds in partial shade[238]. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[238]. Plants can suffer from mildew when growing in dry conditions[238]. This species is cultivated in China as a medicinal herb[238]. Most species in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200].

Propagation

Seed - surface sow in spring in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to become dry. Pre-chilling the seed for two weeks can improve germination rates[134]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks at 20°c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Basal cuttings in the spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn[200]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whist smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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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Chuck Clark   Thu Feb 8 2007

I have grown these in Orlando, Florida for five plus years (zone nine). My experience: Inactive from November until February' then each plant starts to grow into 5 to 10 divisible units. Hibernates well in total shade with temperatures down to the freezing mark. Grows well in partial shade and full sun. Bountiful array of small white blooms. ---Chuck Clark, Clark's Herbal Pathways.

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