| Chinese Reineckia |
| Reineckia carnea|
| Uses: Medicinal
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 6-9) |
| (Ji xiang cao)
In Chinese medicine it is said to "brighten the eye" and strengthen the memory, and is described as a safe cardiotonic herb. It is an important herb of the Miao people of China who use it to treat cough and sore throats. Several active saponins and anti-inflammatory steroids have been discovered in the roots. In Chinese culture it is said to bring luck and fortune if it flowers in the garden. Maybe it does because we had much felicity in the air when it flowered for us! An attractive low growing ground cover plant suited for moist shady areas. It spreads slowly much like lily-of-the-valley but with showy pink flowers. Ht. 10cm/4".