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Sha Shen (Adenophora stricta)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Sha Shen
Adenophora stricta

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is a stimulant herb that acts mainly on the respiratory system and the heart[238]. It is antitussive and expectorant[147] and is used internally to treat dry coughs, chronic bronchitis and tuberculosis[238].

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[105, 177]. When boiled in two changes of water, it is said to be excellent eating[179].

    Leaves – cooked[105, 177, 179].

  • 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[238, 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]. Plants are intolerant of root disturbance[1], though they are fast-growing and can become invasive when well-sited[238]. The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, they have been known to destroy even mature plants[K].
E. Asia – China. Cultivated and naturalised in Japan.

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