Also known as Niu Xi. A slender and hardy well-branched perennial herb with velvety, elliptic leaves, not well known in the U.S. In late summer, inconspicuous flowers open on spikes, maturing to brown seeds with very small spines. (Achyranthes bidentata)
Medicinal: Grown in Japan, India, and China on a large scale in Henan Province for the herb trade. Used as emmenagogue, and for difficult urination. It nourishes and disperses heat from the liver (due to anger and resulting in headache). Contraindicated in pregnancy.
Growing instructions: Perennial. Germination at 70°F in 7-14 days. Direct sow or transplant. Full sun. Grows 36" tall. Space 36" apart.
Packet: 0.15g - approximately 50 seeds