shy woodland briar
with a warrior’s vigour
Kim M. Russell, 2017
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In the final episode of this month’s theme-week we have another classical spring kigo: Acanthopanax (Ukogi). This plant, also known as Siberian Ginseng, was discovered by a German botanist Phillip Franz Von Siebold, who created the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden in The Netherlands.
Chèvrefeuille tells us that Eleutherococcus is native to eastern Asia, from southeast Siberia and Japan to the Philippines and Vietnam. Siberian ginseng is used as herbal medicine and, in traditional Chinese medicine, this is administered to increase energy. Several species are also grown as ornamental garden shrubs. In Japan, they have been planted as hedges.