| Uses: Medicinal
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 7-10) |
| When to Sow: Spring/Anytime
|| Ease of Germination: Moderate |
| (Ge gen)
Chinese vine used to relieve thirst, fevers, flu, and vomitting. Its long use in China to treat alcoholism was backed up in recent animal studies at Harvard: injections of daidzin, an active principle of the root, reduced alcohol consumption by more than 50%. Cannot be shipped to the U.S. where it ihas become a serious weed in the south.