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Atractylodes japonica - Koidz. ex Kitam.

Common Name Japanese Atractylodes
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hills and mountains of central and southern Japan. Forests and forest margins at elevations of 200 - 800 metres in Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces of eastern China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Atractylodes japonica Japanese Atractylodes


Atractylodes japonica Japanese Atractylodes

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Atractylodes japonica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in). It is in flower from Aug to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) 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) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Buds and young leaves[177]. No more details are given[K]. Root - cooked. A famine food used when all else fails[177].

Medicinal Uses



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Antiemetic;  Appetizer;  Digestive;  Diuretic;  Expectorant;  Hepatic;  Hypoglycaemic;  Stomachic;  
Tonic.

The rhizome is commonly used in Chinese and Korean herbal medicine[279]. It is antiemetic, appetizer, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, stomachic and tonic[174, 176, 178, 279]. The rhizome contains several medically active constituents including an essential oil and sesquiterpenes[279]. It has been shown to help lower blood sugar levels and to exert a protective influence on the liver[279]. It is used in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders such as diarrhoea, water retention, mastitis, fistula, rheumatoid arthritis and night blindness[174, 176, 178, 279].

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 could succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. This species is closely related to A. lancea[174]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade[238]. This species is dioecious. Both male and female plants need to be grown if seed is required[266]. Another report says that the plant is monoecious, bearing both female and bisexual flowers[279].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the following spring or early summer.

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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