Chinese Medicinal Herb Seed Collection: Dan-shen (Sage, Chinese Red); Dang-shen (Codonopsis); Huang-qi (Astragalus); Huang-qin (Skullcap, Baikal); Qu-mai (Dianthus); Ji-xing-xie (Chinese Balsam); Ban-zhi-lian (Skullcap, Barbat); Yi-mu-cao (Motherwort, Chinese)
Some of the main herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Each packet is loaded with germination and cultivation directions. All of these herbs can be grown in temperate gardens. Here’s the rundown with the scientific names and a few other informational tidbits:
Ban-zhi-lian (Scutellaria barbata) is Barbat Skullcap. Herbaceous perennial to 18 inches, the flowers large and blue/purple. Traditional usage (TCM): clears heat, infection, tumors, hepatitis.
Dan-shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) is Chinese Red Sage. Traditional usage (TCM): tonifies the vascular system, helps prevent strokes.
Dang-shen (Codonopsis pilosula) is a perennial climbing vine making ornamental dangling bellflowers. The root is sweetly edible and delicious. Traditional usage (TCM): a ginseng-like tonic.
Huang-qi (Astragalus membranaceaus) is the well-known “yellow leader” that makes the deeply delving, perennial roots. Traditional usage (TCM): immune enhancement.
Huang-qin (Scutellaria baicalensis) is Baikal Skullcap. Traditional usage (TCM): antiallergic, diuretic, hypotensive, antibacterial, antiviral, tranquilizing and fever-reducing, commonly used for treatment of dysentery, hepatitis, staph. Source of flavones baicalin and wogonin.
Qu-mai (Dianthus superbus) a pretty basal rosette gives forth multitudes of lavender flowers with fringed margins. They emit an unforgettable fragrance night and day that is capable of wafting hundreds of yards on a warm, moist breeze. The fragrance is a cross between baby powder and strawberry milkshake. Traditional usage (TCM): bitter tonic, urinary complaints, suppressed menses.
Ji-xing-zi (Impatiens balsamina) is Chinese Balsam, a very prettily-flowered herb that is used in much the same way as Jewelweed.
Yi-mu-cao (Leonurus artemisia) is Chinese Motherwort, a self-seeding annual, Very showy flowers. Cut flower, herbal tea. Traditional usage (TCM): “good for mother herb”
Cultivation of these herbs is further described under the individual herb headings on this website. This set is offered at a substantial discount. It is a great place for those interested in TCM–a veritable starter garden in a cellophane bag.
8 full-sized seed packets, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s
Would any of these be an annual in western Washington? I’m in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula, its a little dryer here with very mild winters (roses and calendula never stop blooming some years, though they slow down a lot). Thank you.
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Admin Richo Cech –
Thanks for getting in touch. The Chinese herbs listed are mostly herbaceous perennials that will work in your zone. The only one that is strictly an annual is Chinese Balsam (Tou-gu) (Impatiens balsamina). Richo
Terry Karnecki –
I wish I could find growing instructions for all these on your website: grow zones, soil, sun/shade, etc
Richo Cech –
That’s a lot of info and it won’t all fit on the chinese medicinal herbs seed collection page. You’d have to use the homepage search engine and put in (and I did this, and it did work) the Chinese name like “Wu-wei-zi” for Schisandra chinensis for example and then you’d be able to pull up the monograph. Here’s a link to get you started https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/schisandra-official-schisandra-chinensis-seeds/
ian wong –
was sent to sydney, australia no issues good packaging and planting info and catalogue enclosed
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Josefina Lara Chavez –
Would it be appropriate to direct seed during the fall? I am a farmer from California, zone 9 and want to grow a few rows of medicinal herbs.
Hello, Is it possible to buy the Dang Shen Miltiorrhiza seeds only? I bought them here last year and don’t need all these other (wonderful) seeds.
Richo Cech –
Yes, definitely, run a search on the homepage for SALVIA MILTIORRHIZA