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(Nuphar japonicum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Nuphar japonicum
Nymphaeaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Digestive, women’s complaints[174, 178]. Used before and after childbirth, it treats gynecopathy(menoxenia)[174].

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[105, 177]. Used as a famine food, when baked it tastes like sweet chestnuts[178]. The root probably needs to be steeped in water before use in order to remove a bitter flavour[K].

    Seed[105, 177]. No more details are given but the seed is probably rich in starch and can be ground into a powder then used as a thickener in soups etc[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse in pots submerged under 25mm of water. Prick out into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears and grow them on in water in a greenhouse for at least two years before planting them out in late spring. The seed is collected by wrapping the developing seed head in a muslin bag to avoid the seed being lost. Harvest it 10 days after it sinks below the soil surface or as soon as it reappears[200]. Division in May. Each portion must have at least one eye. Submerge in pots in shallow water until established[56].
A water plant requiring a rich soil and a sunny position. It is best if grown in still water that is up to 75cm deep but it also tolerates slow moving water[200]. Succeeds in light shade[200].
E. Asia – Japan.

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