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botanical name:
Fritillaria thunbergii
Fritillaria thunbergii © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Zhe bei Mu
synonyms:  Fritillaria collicola, Fritillaria verticillata thunbergii
family:  Liliaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.60m
width: 0.15m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: white & green
stem/bark: green
main season: Spring
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
description:
Bulbous perennial with very narrow linear grey-green leaves and slender erect stems carrying pendant, bell-shaped greenish creamy white flowers with darker green veining. Early to mid spring flowering.

cultivation:
Best in moist, well drained, moderately fertile humus-rich soil in full sun or part shade. Will grow in fairly dry soils and is drought tolerant once established, but the bulbs may rot in very wet conditions, particularly in winter.

propagation:
By seed or bulb offsets.

usage:
Medicinal herb used mainly for the treatment of bronchial infections, coughs and colds. Grown commercially in China.

other notes:
From eastern China and other parts of East Asia
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