Ox-knee Seeds (Niu-Xi)

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Ox-knee Seeds (Niu-Xi)

A slender and hardy well-branched perennial medicinal herb with velvety, elliptic leaves, not well known in the U.S.

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(Achyranthes bidentata)

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. Self-sows. 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.


Other Names:Niu-Xi
Flowers:Inconspicuous flowers
Lifecycle:0    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Container Planting:no

Cultural Requirements:

Propagation / Germination:Germinates in 7 to 14 days.
Sun:Full sun to light shade

Garden Medicinals offers over 220 varieties of medicinal and culinary herb seeds, roots, and select heirloom vegetable and ethnic flower seed. All seeds are non-gmo, open-pollinated and untreated. Most seeds are naturally grown and a few are certified organic. Our vegetable seeds do especially well in hot, humid climates where vegetable production can be difficult. Our herb selection also includes dormant root stock of ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, false unicorn, and wild yam.

Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.

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