Carpesium abrotanoides -
|Synonyms:||C. thunbergianum. Sieb.&Zucc.|
|Range:||S. Europe to E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea, Himalayas.|
Carpesium abrotanoides will flower in March to May. the seeds ripen from April to May
The flowers from this plant are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and they are pollinated by Insects
Soil InformationCarpesium abrotanoides will grow in light (sandy),medium (loamy),hard (clay) soil. It is not necessary for the soil to be well drained.
The soil prefers the following PH / acid levels :
- pH of less than 6, Acidic soils
- pH between 6 and 8, Neutral soils
- pH greater than 8, Basic soils
Carpesium abrotanoides prefers moist soils
Ideal Planting LocationsCarpesium abrotanoides can grow in semi or areas with no shade.
Woods all over Japan.
Planting places suited to this plant described below.
- Grows within a woodland garden
- Works within dappled Shade
- Grows in a shady edge
Cultivation DetailsWe 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 should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.
Edible Uses** See disclaimer
Edible Rating: 2/5
Leaves - cooked. A sweet flavour, though they smell of foxes.
- Leaves -
Medicinal Uses** See disclaimer
Medicinal Rating: 2/5
The whole plant is alterative, antiscorbutic, astringent, depurative discutient, emetic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative and vulnerary[147, 178, 218]. A decoction is used in the treatment of bronchitis, tonsillitis, boils and ulcers and snakebites. The stem juice is used to treat insect bites. This juice is also a very effective remedy for sore throat. A decoction of the fruit is vermifuge. The seed is antiphlogistic, diuretic, laxative, pectoral and vermifuge[218, 240]. The seeds are used to expel round worms, tapeworms and pin worms. A 20% concentrate of seed decoction cured 69% of children with worms and effected an improvement in another 19%. The root is diuretic and vermifuge.
- Alterative - Causes a gradual beneficial change in the body, usually through improved nutrition and elimination, without having any marked specific action.
- Antiphlogistic - Reduces inflammation.
- Antiscorbutic - A plant rich in vitamin C that is used to counteract scurvy.
- Astringent - Produces contraction in living tissue, reducing the flow of secretions and discharges of blood, mucus, diarrhoea etc.
- Depurative - Eliminates toxins and purifies the system, especially the blood.
- Diuretic - Acts on the kidneys, promoting the flow of urine.
- Emetic - Induces vomiting.
- Expectorant - Clears phlegm from the chest by inducing coughing.
- Febrifuge - Reduces fevers.
- Laxative - Stimulates bowel movements in a fairly gentle manner.
- Pectoral - Relieves respiratory diseases, a remedy for chest diseases.
- Stings - Used in the treatment of stings and insect bites.
- Vermifuge - Expels and kills internal parasites.
- Vulnerary - Promotes the healing of wounds.
PropagationSeed - sow spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to dry out. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.
Known HazardsNone known
Other UsesThe seed has insecticidal properties. Another report says that the plant might have insecticidal properties.
- Insecticide - Kills insects.
Cultivarsno recorded cultivars
ReferencesFlora of Japan. (English translation)
Author: Ohwi. G.
Publisher : The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.
Date of Publication : 1965
Flora of Japan
Publisher : An on-line version of the flora - an excellent resource.
Date of Publication : 0
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