Paederia scandens - (Lour.)Merril.
Common Name
Family Rubiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Thickets and thin woods in lowland and low elevations in mountains all over Japan[58]. A common weed, in sunny meadows and thickets from the lowlands to elevations of 800 metres[275].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Moist Soil Full sun

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Paederia scandens
Paederia scandens
Physical Characteristics
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Paederia scandens is a deciduous Climber growing to 5.5 m (18ft 1in) at a fast rate. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)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.

P. chinensis. P. wilsonii.

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Sap.
Edible Uses:

The sweet stem juice is sucked in Taiwan[177, 183].
Medicinal Uses

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Carminative;  Depurative;  Vermifuge.

The plant is anodyne, antivinous, carminative, depurative, vermifuge[147, 218]. The leaves are antirheumatic[218]. They are used to increase infertility and treat paralysis[218]. A decoction of the whole plant is used in the treatment of abdominal pain, abscesses, arthritis, overeating etc[147, 218].


Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any fertile soil so long as it is well drained[182, 219]. Requires a sunny sheltered position[219]. A very variable plant[58]. The bruised leaves and young growths have an unpleasant smell[182, 219].
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in late winter or early spring 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 at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Sayer Ji   Sun May 31 2009 Paederia scandens has significant xanthine oxidase inhibiting and uric acid lowering activity. (i.e. useful for GOUT)

Deane Jordan   Sat Aug 22 2009
The leaves are edible raw or cooked. Numerous reference for said.
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