Botanical Name: Hackelia uncinatum
Synonyms: Paracaryum glochidiatum (A. DC.) Benth.
Common names: Hooked Stickseed, Forget Me Not
Habitat: Hackelia uncinatum is native to E. Asia – Himalayas from Pakistan to China. It grows on wet slopes, forest understory, between grasslands at elevatins of 2700 – 4500 metres in the Himalayas.
Hooked Stickseed is a perennial herb which looks quite similar to Forget-Me-Not. Flowers are blue, up to 1.3 cm across, with rounded overlapping petals. The center of the flowers have a yellow ring of blunt scales. The flowers are borne in lax branched clusters. Leaves are broadly elliptic, narrow-pointed, with rounded or shallow heart-shaped base. Leaves are stalked. Forget-Me-Not has narrow lance-shaped leaves, and the flowers are smaller. Stems can grow 1-2 ft tall. Nutlets have long hooked bristles. Hooked Stickseed is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China, at altitudes of 2700-4200 m. Flowering: June-August.
Cultivation: Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.
Propagation: Through seeds.
The flowers are used in Tibetan medicine, they are said to have a sweet and bitter taste with a neutral potency. Antitussive and expectorant, it heals wounds and destroys tumours]. It is used in the treatment of coughs, tumours in the womb, sores, wounds and swelling of the body.
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