(Aconitum hemsleyanum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Aconitum hemsleyanum
Ranunculaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    A widely used herbal remedy in China, where it is cultivated for its root[4]. This is harvested in the autumn as the plant dies down and is then dried before being used. The root is anaesthetic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, cardiotonic, stimulant and vasodilator[4]. Use with caution, the plant is very poisonous and should not be used internally[218].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    The whole plant is highly toxic - simple skin contact has caused numbness in some people[1].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[111]. The seed can be stratified and sown in spring but will then be slow to germinate[133]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. Division – best done in spring but it can also be done in autumn[1, 111]. Another report says that division is best carried out in the autumn or late winter because the plants come into growth very early in the year[233].
Thrives in most soils and in the light shade of trees[1]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist soil in sun or semi-shade[200]. Prefers a calcareous soil. Grows well in open woodlands[1, 4]. Members of this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits and deer[233]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby species, especially legumes[54]. Closely related to A. fischeri and considered to be part of that species by some botanists[1].
E. Asia – C. and W. China.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.