Poor Man's Ginseng, False Ginseng, Dang Shen
Codonopsis pilosula

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Codonopsis (kod-on-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: pilosula (pil-OH-suh-luh) (Info)

Category:

Herbs

Vines and Climbers

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ceres, California

Falmouth, Maine

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Helena, Montana

Marshall, North Carolina

Katy, Texas

Chimacum, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Mar 19, 2004, taramark from (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have two seedlings, and although I mist them several times a day, each have a leaf that is dried on the edge.

Positive

On Feb 6, 2004, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grow this on the same trellis as Chayote and Dioscorea species-the root is harvested after a few years to make a medicinal tonic-it is a famous Chinese energy tonic that is good for blood and vital energy--called Dang-shen in China