(Metaplexis japonica)

Climber
M. chinensis. M. stauntonii. Pergularia japonica. Urostelma chinense.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Metaplexis japonica
Asclepiadaceae

The seed hairs could possibly be used as a stuffing material for pillows etc[1, K].

  • Medicinal Use

    The seed and the leaves are haemostatic and tonic[178, 218]. The hairs on the seeds are styptic whilst the pounded leaves are applied to abscesses and swellings[218].

    The stems and roots are used as medicine for traumatic injury, snake bites, impotence, and infantile malnutrition due to intestinal parasites[266].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – raw or cooked[105, 178, 179].

    Young fruits – raw or pickled[105].

    Root – cooked[46, 61, 105].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in early spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, the plants succeed outdoors in south-west England but are apt to be cut to the ground by severe frosts[1, 11]. Cultivated as a vegetable in China[178].
E. Asia – China, Japan.

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