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Youngia japonica - (L.)DC.

Common Name Japanese Hawkweed, Oriental false hawksbeard
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Waste ground, cultivated fields and roadsides all over Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Youngia japonica Japanese Hawkweed, Oriental false hawksbeard


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Youngia japonica Japanese Hawkweed, Oriental false hawksbeard
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Youngia japonica is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). 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. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Y. thunbergiana. Crepis japonica. Prenanthes japonica. P. multiflora.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves and young plant - raw or cooked[61, 105, 177, 179, 272].

Medicinal Uses



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Antidote;  Antitussive;  Febrifuge.

The plant is antitussive and febrifuge[218]. It is also used in the treatment of boils and snakebites[218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. We do not know the plants cultivation needs.

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in middle to late spring in situ. If you only have a small quantity of seed then it will probably be better to sow it in a cold frame in April and plant out in late spring.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

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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Author

(L.)DC.

Botanical References

58

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Readers comment

Weed Lady   Tue Jan 20 17:32:16 2004

Link: Wild Food Foragers of America Newsletter features one edible weed per month, how to harvest, store and prepare. Hawksbeard is a wonderful spring salad green, a good detox tea, and source of chlorophyll in the diet. Use as a food like dandelion, but is more prolific and easier to harvest.

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