| Bai Zhu |
| Atractylodes macrocephala|
| Uses: Medicinal
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 5-8) |
| When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall
|| Ease of Germination: Easy |
Chinese medicinal herb noted for strengthening the spleen and building chi energy. Rhizomes are used to treat diarrhea, fatigue, lack of appetite and vomiting related to deficiencies of spleen or stomach. Animal studies suggest it strengthens endurance. Also used as a diuretic and to reduce excessive sweating. Purple flowers; grows up to 60cm/2 ft high.