[gardeners] Re:germinating osha

bsk (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 24 Jan 1999 17:57:45 -0600

Not much out there on this plant!

Look at the 2nd picture on theis URL

Osha root, Ligusticum porterii, was a favorite herbal remedy of Native
Americans. Now it is threatened by overcollection in the Western United States.

Osha, roots (Ligusticum porteri, Umbelliferae). Uses: stomachic, respiratory
agent, antipyretic, snakebite agent.
Jane Burdekin wrote:

>   The
> article has a lot of info and for cultivation it says; "Almost impossible.
> Even in northern New Mexico (elevation averaging from 6,000-8.000 ft),
> where it is most widely used the people are not able to cultivate it for
> their own consumption.  Angelica pinnata, a coarser plant of the same
> family with somewhat similiar functions, is grown as Osha del Campo;  the
> other, Osha de la Sierra, is picked in the mountains and brought down."  It
> also says "it grows from 6,500 ft, but I have never observed it below
> 9,000ft and never below 10,000 ft in  any quantity or size." The latin name
> they are refereing to  is Ligusticum porteri.  I don't know if this is any
> help or just discouraging news but this is what I have heard.   If  you
> have other specific questions I can try to answer them from the article.
> If I only had a scanner, I could just send it to you but haven't gotten one
> yet.  Some day.  Good luck.  Jane