20 responses to “Codonopsis clematidea”

  1. Bruce Dancik

    Have a great holiday, Daniel.

  2. Diane McKendrick

    I’m glad you are feeling better. Another interesting post to study here. Enjoy your vacation.
    I look forward to your return in April.

  3. Denis

    If what I had worked its way north from Portland, I don’t think it had a lot to do with age. It was just nasty. It’s given a lot of folks pneumonia here and I ended up with bronchitis for weeks and sought medical assistance. It was bad.

    Hope you’re completely over it.

  4. Josie

    I get it! I had the flu for the first time this year. Needless to say, nest year, i’m getting the vaccine! Get well, catch up and…. we’ll see you in the Spring (which could be July at this rate!)

  5. Judith Sinclair

    Sorry to hear you have been ill Daniel and hope you are well on your way to recovery.
    All good wishes for a splendid vacation. Hopefully Spring will be with us when you return.

    Cheers, Judy

  6. Naomi D.

    It was a wonderful surprise waking up to your email. I always consider them a gift. I’m relieved you’re better. May you be completely healthy in time for your vacation. I’ll be waiting, patiently, for your emails whenever you have the time. Thank you for using your time to put these out.

  7. Lynne Brookes

    I appreciate your hauling yourself out of bed to provide us with another stunning plant to learn about. Glad you’re on the mend from this really bad “something” that has been going around. Enjoy your well-deserved upcomming vacation. Might there be some plant viewing involved? 😉 Lynne

  8. Patrick Collins

    Spectacular plant.

    Though not one of the sources of the major commercial and international trade in dăng shēn this species is used locally where it grows in Tibet and Xinjiang. It is called 新疆党参 xīn jiāng dăng shēn.

    The roots of many different species of Codonopsis are used as dăng shēn in Traditional Chinese Medicine for various medicinal actions, including being a tonic for the lungs. However, I would suggest a good strong curry as the best medicine for lung infections.

    1. Richard Mandelbaum

      Yes – it is in fact more than just a lung remedy and is sometimes called “poor man’s ginseng” because it shares many properties with ginseng and yet is much more affordable. I also grow it in my garden and it is quite pretty (New York state, USA).

      1. Richard Mandelbaum

        Should have specified I grow C.pilosula which is the more commonly used medicinal dang shen. Less colorful on the interior of the corolla than this species, which I have seen in botanical gardens.

  9. Christine

    I used to grow this plant and, yes, it is attractive, but describing the smell as “unpleasant and peculiar” is generous. If you have ever stepped in what a dog left behind, you can imagine it quite well. I wasn’t sorry that it was short-lived for me.

    Daniel, I hope you are going somewhere warm and sunny, and will return re-invigorated.

  10. Laurel Slaney

    Always miss them.

  11. Nette

    No apologies needed. Look forward to new postings as they come. Hope you’re fully recovered and can enjoy your vacation.

  12. Lee Foote, University of Alberta Botanic Garden

    Does anyone see the irony of Daniel suffering through a congestive flu while posting the photos of a Chinese cure for flu-like congestion symptoms? Take this photograph in a hot cup of water and . . .

    Get well.

  13. Beatrice Milner

    I got some seeds of codenopsis from a fellow member of the Dartmouth Horticultural Society. They having been growing very well here in pots on my deck. I now wish to transplant them into the garden. Question: Are they cut back to the ground in fall (or spring, depending on the gardener) or do they continue to grow from this year’s branches. Thanks.

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