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Kushen
Sophora flavescens
Uses: Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 6-9)
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall Ease of Germination: Moderate
(Shrubby sophora) This small shrub has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. The dried root as effective against dysentery, jaundice, eczema, ulcers, scabies and other diseases. It is commonly used with great effect for cancer, dermatitis, asthma, liver disease, and ulcers, and is used for its broad antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It is effective against hepatitis B and C and helps repair damaged livers, and it heals and prevents ulcers. There is quite a lot of research that supports its traditional uses. The compound oxymatrine found in the roots is responsible for many of the root’s amazing healing properties. Prefers well-drained moist soil and full sun. Though it is a shrub, it may die back to the ground over winter in cooler zones. Seeds have hard seed coats and need soaking in hot water for 12 hours or scarification to germinate. Ht. 1.5m (5ft).
S3562-001 SowNatural(tm) Seeds $5.00/pkt
Currency: United States Dollar

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