Pinyin: Yin Yang Huo Latin: Epimedium Sagittatum
Epimedium Sagittatum or Yin Yang Huo is a Perennial growing to 0.5m by 0.4m hardy to zone 6 and is frost tender. Epimedium is in flower from May to June. Yin Yang Huo flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. The plant is not self-fertile. Epimedium prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) and requires dry or moist soil.
Edible Parts: Leaves.*
The young plant and young leaves of Epimedium are used cooked. Soaked and then boiled. (This suggests that the leaves are bitter and need to be soaked in order to remove the bitterness.)*
Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) Uses:*
The whole Epimedium plant is antirheumatic, aphrodisiac, carminative, expectorant, ophthalmic and vasodilator. Epimedium Sagittatum or Yin Yang Huo is used as a kidney tonic, and also treats sterility and barrenness[147, 178, 238].*
Epimedium Sagittatum Yin Yang Huo is taken internally in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, cold or numb extremities, arthritis, lumbago, impotence, involuntary and premature ejaculation, high blood pressure and absentmindedness.*
It should be used with some caution since in excess it can cause vomiting, dizziness, thirst and nosebleeds. The plant is harvested in the growing season and dried for later use.*
Epimedium Sagittatum is a good ground cover plant.
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Source: Epimedium Sagittatum Yin Yang Huo Plants For A Future, England 1996-2008.
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