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Inula britannica chinensis - (Rupr.)Regel.

Common Name Xuan Fu Hua
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet places in lowlands, especially by rivers, all over Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China and Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Inula britannica chinensis Xuan Fu Hua


Inula britannica chinensis Xuan Fu Hua

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Inula britannica chinensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. The species is hermaphrodite (has 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.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked[179]. An emergency food, it is only used when better foods are not available[177].

Medicinal Uses



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Alterative;  Carminative;  Cholagogue;  Deobstruent;  Expectorant;  Laxative;  Nervine;  Stomachic;  
Tonic;  Vulnerary.

Xuan Fu Hua is used in Chinese herbalism as a mildly warming expectorant remedy and it is especially suitable where phlegm has accumulated in the chest[254]. It has been used as an adulterant of arnica (Arnica montana)[4]. The flowers are more commonly used, but the leaves are also used, generally for less serious conditions[254]. The leaf is discutient and vulnerary[218]. The flowers are alterative, antibacterial, carminative, cholagogue, deobstruent, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, nervine, stomachic, tonic and vulnerary[147, 176, 178, 218, 279]. They are used internally in the treatment of bronchial complaints with profuse phlegm, nausea and vomiting, hiccups and flatulence[176, 238]. The flowers have an antibacterial action, but this can be destroyed by proteins in the body[176]. The plant is harvested when in flower and can be dried for later use[254]. The root is discutient, resolvent and vulnerary[218]. The plant has been mentioned as a possible treatment for cancer of the oesophagus[218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in any moderately fertile well-drained soil[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[238]. This sub-species is the form that is most used medicinally, it is cultivated as a medicinal plant in China[178].

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 plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed, it is worthwhile trying a sowing in situ in the spring or the autumn. Division in spring or autumn[111].

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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