(Aletris spicata)

Perennial
A. japonica. Hypoxis farinosa. H. spicata.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Aletris spicata
Liliaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is antitussive and vermifuge[218].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked. A famine food, used when all else fails[179].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. Sow the seed thinly to allow the seedlings to be grown on for their first year without potting them up, but give a liquid feed from time to time to ensure that they do not become nutrient deficient. Prick the young plants out into individual pots the following spring and grow them on in the greenhouse for the next winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring.
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 should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a damp sunny position in peat, leafmold and sand[1]. Requires a sunny position[200].
E. Asia – China, Japan.

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.