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Dang-shen, pilosula (Codonopsis pilosula), potted plant, organic

(1 customer review)

$7.50

Family:  Bellflower (Campanulaceae)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 9

(Dang-shen, Poor Man’s Ginseng) Twining and vining perennial native to China.  Traditional usage (TCM): builds chi and tonifies the blood. A soft and pretty climber with bell-shaped blossoms. The roots are crunchy, very sweet, quite delicious.  The herb in TCM is the pressed and dried, rolled root that is sugary and chewy.  Highly recommended. Plant prefers part shade and something to climb on–preferably another upright plant but lacking that at least a string.  It can be grown in the sun when climbing on another plant, because the plant shades it.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

Potted plant, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. lazywildswan

    Beautiful little plant!

    lazywildswan (verified owner)

    Growing season initial temps were odd here, so I’m glad that I got the plant, not seeds. Richo’s plants always arrive well-packed and super healthy. Highly recommend!

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    • lazywildswan (verified owner)

      How tempting is this plant for the deer? Is it viable to keep it as a potted plant that winters indoors (zone 6-7)? We do not have a greenhouse (yet).

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi! these are ok as potted plants and can live for years that way but they seem to not get very big. the foliage is soft, pubescent, odd smelling, viny, not particularly attractive to deer. r

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    • scottziehos

      When harvesting the root does the whole plant need to be killed or can you take a little and it will still grow and heal?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi scott, its a taproot that doesn’t respond well to division. yes, these can be grown in succession like carrots and harvested when ready, with more coming on. try it from seed, you will get more plants that way! r

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    • mulberryeater

      can this be grown in succession like carrots without anything to climb on?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi mulberry, codonopsis is an herbaceous perennial that doesn’t make a big enough root to harvest for 2 or 3 years. by then, the differences instilled by succession planting would be negligible. r

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