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Nan Sha Shen (Adenophora triphylla)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Nan Sha Shen
Adenophora triphylla

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is antifungal, carditonic and expectorant[174, 279]. It is used I Korea to treat bronchial catarrh and coughs, especially where there is excess phlegm[279]. The rot has been shown to contain saponins and triterpenes which are responsible for its expectorant action[279].

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[105, 177]. The root is thick and carrot shaped[275].

    Leaves – cooked[105, 177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[200]. The seed can also be sown in spring. Surface sow 2 – 3 seeds per pot in the spring in order to avoid transplanting[133]. We have found that if transplanted when very small seedlings grow away without difficulty[K]. Germinates in 1 – 3 months at 10¡c[133]. Plant out into their permanent positions whilst young. Basal cuttings in spring[K]. Division in spring – very difficult because the plant dislikes root disturbance[1]..
Prefers a light rich slightly alkaline soil that is not too dry and a warm sunny position[1, 200]. Prefers a moist peaty soil in sun or partial shade[187]. Plants are hardy to about -20¡c[187]. This species is extremely polymorphic, and several varieties and forms have been described in Japan. The many variations in several characters (hairiness, leaf-shape, inflorescence-shape etc.) can be seen in individuals growing intermixed[275]. This species succeeds in a meadow if the grass is not cut until after the plant flowers[200]. Intolerant of root disturbance[1]. The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, they have been known to destroy even mature plants[K].
E. Asia – China, Japan

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