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(Senecio cannabifolius)

Perennial
S. palmatus. Pall. non (Thunb.)Less.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Senecio cannabifolius
Compositae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant (though the part used is not specified) is anodyne, antirheumatic, contraceptive and used in the treatment of skin complaints. It stimulates the circulation[147, 178]. A decoction is used in the treatment of amenorrhoea, abdominal distension and cramps, traumatic injuries, bruises and swellings[147].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and stems – cooked[46, 61, 105]. A bitter taste should be removed by leaching the leaves or cooking them in more than one change of water[177]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus that contains a number of plants with a cumulative poisonous effect on the liver[65]. Some caution is advised.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Make sure the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer if they have grown sufficiently. Otherwise, grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out the following year after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200]. Root cuttings in early spring[200].
Succeeds in a sunny position in most moderately fertile well-drained soils[200].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Siberia.

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