Mi Meng Hua (Buddleia officinalis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mi Meng Hua
Buddleia officinalis

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Febrifuge[147, 174, 178].

    The flowers and flower buds are antispasmodic, slightly cholagogue and ophthalmic[176]. They have an action similar to vitamin P, reducing the permeability and fragility of the blood vessels of the skin and small intestine[176]. They are used in the treatment of various eye problems[176, 218]. They are also used in the treatment of gonorrhoea, hepatitis and hernia[218].

    A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of collyrium[218]. Also used in the treatment of gonorrhoea, hepatitis and hernia[218].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – cold stratify for 4 weeks at 4¡c[138] and surface sow the seed in February/March in a greenhouse[78, 113] (the pre-chilling might not be required for this species). Germination usually takes place within 3 – 4 weeks at 21¡c[138]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Seedlings are inclined to damp off and so should be watered with care and kept well-ventilated[78]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[11, 113]. Use short side-shoots[78]. Very high percentage[113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season’s growth, 15 – 20cm long, October/November in a frame[200].
Requires a sunny position[11, 182]. Prefers a rich loamy soil but succeeds in most well-drained soils[1, 11, 200]. Very tolerant of alkaline soils[200]. Requires a site sheltered from the wind because the leaves are easily damaged[260]. Tolerating temperatures down to about -10¡c[184], this species is hardy in Cornwall[11, 166] but not in most parts of Britain[1]. It resprouts freely from the base if cut back by severe weather[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. Plants flower on the current years growth and can be pruned back hard in spring to encourage freer flowering[182]. An excellent plant for bees and butterflies[30]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
E. Asia – western China.

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