ALAINN: “BEAUTIFUL, FINE, LOVELY”. (IRISH) OLD IRISH ÁLAIND‎

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(Polygala japonica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Polygala japonica
Polygalaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The dried root is used in the treatment of tuberculosis[218]. It is an expectorant tonic[218].

    The plant is antiphlogistic, antitussive, carminative, depurative, expectorant and tonic[147, 218]. A decoction is used in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections, inadequate measles eruption, palpitation and insomnia, traumatic injuries and snakebites[147].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked[105].

    Root – cooked. The core is removed and the root is boiled in several changes of water[179].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, at least one member of this genus is said to be poisonous in large quantities.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[214]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division. Cuttings of young shoots in a frame in late spring[1].
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a moderately fertile moisture-retentive well-drained soil, succeeding in full sun if the soil remains moist throughout the growing season, otherwise it is best in semi-shade[200]. Dislikes shade according to another report.
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.