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Achyranthes japonica - (Miq.)Nakai.

Common Name Japanese Chaff Flower
Family Amaranthaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woody areas in lowlands and hills[279].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Achyranthes japonica Japanese Chaff Flower


Kazuo Yamasaki http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/shoyaku/PlantPhotos2002.htm
Achyranthes japonica Japanese Chaff Flower

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Achyranthes japonica is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Abortifacient;  Analgesic;  Antiinflammatory;  Antispasmodic;  Contraceptive;  Diuretic;  Hypotensive;  Uterine tonic.


The root of the plant is used in Korea to treat oedema, rheumatism, delayed menses and as a contraceptive and abortifacient[279]. The root contains triterpenoid saponins and has been shown to have analgesic, antiallergic, antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, hypotensive and uterine stimulant properties[279]. In addition, it contains protocatechuic acid, which has antioxidant properties, and also inhibits the aggregation of platelets[279].

Other Uses

Two insect-moulting hormones are found in the seeds[279]. Can this have a practical application as an insecticide?

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. However, judging by the plants native range, it is likely to succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a rich, sandy, slightly acid soil in partial shade[238].

Propagation

Seed - sow late spring in a greenhouse. Germination should be fairly rapid, prick out the seedlings into individual pots of fairly rich soil when they are large enough to handle. It is probably wise to grow this plant on in the greenhouse for its first winter, planting it out into its permanent position in late spring after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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