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Winter Daphne

My potted winter daphne is in blossom lately ,which really livens the cold winter up in a way .Fresh green ,yellow-margined leaves are dotted with rosy-pink blossoms ,sending out wafts of delicate fragrance .What a pity ! there is no bee in the wintertime .

Winter daphne is an evergreen bush .I think it can tolerate all kinds of weather conditions .But there again ,over here the temperature just ranges from plus 29 Celsius to minus 8 Celsius all the year round .However it only thrives in the well-drained soil .

Its blossoms and roots are generally used to treat sore throat ,toothache and rheumatic disease here in folk remedy .Modern researches prove that Daphnetin-7-glucoside ,its active ingredient , can retard thrombosis and promote excretion of uric acid .


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Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 30, 2015, 4:48 AM

Are you sure about Daphne to ingest as a cure, I was under the impression it was a poisonous plant, at least the berries and leaves?

jiangliu1949 wrote on January 30, 2015, 7:14 AM

Of them ,The variety called Daphne odora Thunb .var .Kiusiana Keissler is extremely poisonous .For winter daphne ,here they decoct its flowers or roots for healing purpose at a small amount ,never more than 6 g (dry )each one each day .Thank you !

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 30, 2015, 7:22 AM

Thanks for clearing that up, but I still wouldn´t like to risk it.

jiangliu1949 wrote on January 31, 2015, 1:35 AM

You are right ! After all it is a medicine .

Carmelanirel wrote on February 2, 2015, 4:52 PM

Oh how pretty, I love learning about new plants. So this is one of your medical plants you use?

jiangliu1949 wrote on February 4, 2015, 1:51 AM

Oh ,I have never used it for treating purpose ,just know some of its medicinal properties .

scheng1 wrote on February 20, 2015, 7:52 AM

I cannot imagine the kind of cold that you are enduring. I live in a hot and humid place all year round.

jiangliu1949 wrote on February 21, 2015, 3:24 AM

It is not too cold to bear .Some parts of my country are freezing cold in winter .

CoralLevang wrote on March 8, 2015, 7:43 AM

Fascinating that you know so much about plant medicines.

jiangliu1949 wrote on March 9, 2015, 5:28 AM

Not worth mentioning ,I did it for a living before I was retired .

Shellyann36 wrote on July 18, 2015, 3:01 AM

It is very pretty. I like the color.

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 18, 2015, 5:34 AM

Thank you for commenting ! I love its delicate fragrance the most .

VinceSummers wrote on July 23, 2015, 7:27 AM

This plant looks almost like a cross between mountain laurel and rhododendron. We have a flower called foxglove that was the original source of the medication digitalis.

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 24, 2015, 3:57 AM

However both mountain laurel and rhododendron belong to heath family, winter daphne is refered to the Mezerum family .I know Digoxin is made from the foxglove ,which my Mum take every day .

VinceSummers wrote on July 24, 2015, 7:27 AM

Yes. As to so-called families. I always take them with a grain of salt. Who defines the families and what family a plant or animal belongs in? A collection of humans. It is a way of organizing them.

jiangliu1949 wrote on July 25, 2015, 4:03 AM

I agree with you ,and that there are different schools on how to classify them .