Komarov’s Bugbane (Cimicifuga heracleifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Komarov's Bugbane
Cimicifuga heracleifolia
Ranunculaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is analgesic, antibacterial, antiviral, febrifuge and sedative[176, 279]. It is used internally in the treatment of common cold with headache and sore throat, measles, headache, gingivitis, stomatitis, prolapse of the rectum and uterus[176]. The root is harvested in the autumn and used fresh or dried[238]. Use with caution[176], see the notes above on toxicity.

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it does belong to a family that contains a number of toxic species and at least one species in this genus is said to be mildly poisonous. Some caution is therefore advised.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[1]. Only just cover the seed. It germinates in 1 – 12 months or even longer at 15¡c[164]. The seed does not store well and soon loses its viability[200], stored seed may germinate better if given 6 – 8 weeks warm stratification at 15¡c and then 8 weeks cold stratification[164]. Prick out the young seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer[K]. Division in spring or autumn[1]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.
Prefers a moist humus rich soil and some shade[1, 200]. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].
E. Asia – Eastern Russia to Northern China.

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