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Eupatorium japonicum - Thunb.

Common Name Pei Lan
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist grassland along river banks[275].
Range E. Asia - S. China, Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Eupatorium japonicum Pei Lan


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Eupatorium japonicum is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
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.

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Synonyms

E. japonicum. Thunb.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - cooked. Boiled and well seasoned[177]. Root - cooked. It is sometimes eaten for food and is considered beneficial to the circulation[218].

Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne  Antibacterial  Antidandruff  Antiviral  Carminative  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Nervine  
Vermifuge  Women's complaints

The leaves and stems are anodyne, antibacterial, antiviral, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, nervine and vermifuge[176, 218]. They are taken internally in the treatment of indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, feverish colds etc[147, 176, 238]. In excess the plant causes irritation to the stomach[238]. The leaves and stems are harvested in the summer before the flower buds open, and are dried for later use[238]. The plant contains the essential oil thymol. In large doses this can cause various health problems such as headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, inhibition of respiration and the circulation[176]. Use with caution[176]. The seed is prescribed in China for the '36 diseases of women'[218]. The root is considered to be beneficial to the circulation and a restorative to women after parturition[218]. It is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use[238]. The herbage, soaked in oil, is applied to the hair as a treatment for dandruff[218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in ordinary well-drained but moisture retentive garden soil in sun or part shade[200]. A very polymorphic species[58], it is closely related to E. cannabinum[1]. This species is a member of natural moist grassland flora on river banks in the Kanto District of Japan. Due to urbanization of this area, the habitat is now restricted to a very small area, and the species is endangered[275]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring or autumn[111]. Very easy, the clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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