Schisandra Herb

Schisandra chinensis Open-pollinated. Also called Magnolia Vine. Highly ornamental deciduous woody vine, to 25', with tiny pinkish-white flowers that produce clusters of aromatic red berries in late summer. Called wu wei zi in China, meaning ‘five-flavor fruit,’ combining sweet, sour, bitter, salty and spicy. Can be eaten raw, cooked, dried, tinctured or made into wine. Traditionally used to treat asthmatic and other chronic coughs, insomnia and palpitations, schisandra is also adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory and immune enhancing. A wonderful choice for the permaculture garden. Dioecious; male and female plants are needed for fruit production. Stratify seed in sphagnum moss for 3–4 months before starting in early spring. Grows well on a trellis but will climb most anything. Prefers well-drained soil in full to dappled shade. Perennial to Zone 4. Sold by seed count. ~45 seeds/g.

4677 Schisandra
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A: 10 seeds for $2.70  
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B: 40 seeds for $8.00  
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C: 160 seeds for $22.00  
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Additional Information


Statements about medicinal use of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA, and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any ailment. Before using or ingesting any medicinal plant, consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with botanical medicine.

About medicinal herbs: Archeological evidence dates the medicinal use of herbs back 60,000 years to the Neandertals. 85% of the world’s population employ herbs as medicines, and 40% of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. contain plant-derived materials. Fewer than 10% of higher plant species have been investigated for their medicinal components. Interest in traditional herbal remedies continues to grow.

Herb culture: To substitute fresh herbs for dried in cooking, use triple the dried quantity called for in a recipe.

Drying herbs at home is not difficult. Whole leaves retain their flavor at least a year.

Some herbs are customarily grown from divisions because they cannot come true from seed, such as scented thymes and flavored mints. Some require fall sowing of fresh seed, such as sweet cicely and angelica, and these become available in August or September.

Takinagawa Burdock and Resina Calendula, as well as oats, mammoth red clover and alfalfa in the Farm Seed section, also have medicinal uses. Medicinal herbs such as black cohosh and goldenseal are available as plants, and shipped with Trees in the spring.