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Atractylodes macrocephala - Koidz.

Common Name Bai Zhu
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Pastures and waste ground[238]. Grassland and forests at elevations of 600 - 2800 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan and Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Atractylodes macrocephala Bai Zhu


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Atractylodes macrocephala Bai Zhu

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Atractylodes macrocephala is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). .
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Antibacterial;  Diuretic;  Sedative;  Stomachic;  Tonic.

Bai Zhu is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine[238]. The root contains an essential oil, glucoside and inulin[283]. It is a bitter-sweet tonic herb that acts mainly upon the digestive system and strengthens the spleen[238, 254]. The root is antibacterial, diuretic, hypoglycaemic, sedative, stomachic and tonic[176, 238]. It is used in the treatment of poor appetite, dyspepsia, abdominal distension, chronic diarrhoea, oedema and spontaneous sweating[176]. It is often used in conjunction with other herbs such as Codonopsis tangshen and Glycyrrhiza uralensis[238]. Combined with Baical skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) it is used to prevent miscarriage[254]. The roots are harvested in the autumn and baked for use in tonics[238].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade[238]. This species is probably hardy in most of Britain, it tolerates temperatures down to at least -15°c[238]. Widely cultivated in China for its use as a medicinal herb[238, 266]. This species is dioecious. Both male and female plants need to be grown if seed is required[266].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the following spring or early summer.

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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Botanical References

238266

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Readers comment

Simon Williams   Tue Apr 7 2009

. THank you for the great site. I am in Australia and would love to find Bai Zhu seeds/plants. AQIS treats Atractylodes as a potential weed so can not be officially imported. Thank you, Simon

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