Cao Yu Mei (Anemone rivularis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Cao Yu Mei
Anemone rivularis
Ranunculaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is said to be antiemetic and vermifuge[91]. It is said to warm the stomach and stop vomiting. A paste made from the plant is used in Nepal to treat coughs and fevers[272].

    The juice of the leaf, mixed with water, is inhaled through each nostril to treat sinusitis[272].

    The seeds are used in Tibetan medicine, they are said to have a bitter and acrid taste with a heating potency[241]. Analgesic and antidote, they are used in the treatment of rotting tissues, snake poisoning and stomach/intestinal pain from worm infestation[241].

    A decoction of the root is applied externally to cuts and wounds[272].

  • Edible Use

    Seeds – roasted and pickled[272].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, a number of members of this genus are slightly poisonous, the toxic principle is destroyed by heat or by drying[4, 10, 19, 65].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[1]. Surface sow or only just cover the seed and keep the soil moist. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in late winter or early spring, it requires 3 – 5 weeks cold stratification. The seed usually germinates in 1 – 6 months at 20¡c[133]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on for at least their first year in a lightly shaded place in a greenhouse. When large enough, plant them out into their permanent positions in the spring. Division in late summer after the plant dies down.
Easily grown in a moist well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade[187]. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil but prefers a rich sandy loam[1]. Requires a damp soil, doing well by water[1, 111]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is hardy to about -20¡c[187]. This species is closely related to A. narcissiflora[233]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].
E. Asia – Tibet, Himalayas, Sri Lanka.

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