Elsholtzia Cristata Plant Information
Elsholtzia Cristata grows in the following 13 states:Connecticut, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio
Elsholtzia ciliata, commonly known as Vietnamese Balm or kinh gii in Vietnamese, is a plant native to Asia.
The plant is native to Asia. However, the exact extent of its original range is unclear.
Today it is found through much of India, eastern Asia, and Europe. It grows throughout Nepal at elevations of 1500 to 3400 m.
Elsholtzia ciliata is an erect herb that grows to about 60cm in height. The leaves are long, stalked, and serrated, and reach 2 to 8.5cm in length and .8 to 2.5cm in width. In shape they are ovate to lanceolate, with a gland-dotted underside.
Flowers of a purple color bloom in flat spikes in September and October. Seeds propagate within them.
Elsholtzia ciliata has many cultural uses.
It is used in Vietnamese cuisine, where it is called rau kinh gii or l kinh gii. The seeds are sometimes powdered and used for flavoring food.
Elsholtzia ciliata inhibits mast cell-mediated allergic inflammatory reactions. Additionally it is common in herbal medicine, as it is carminative and astringent.
It is cultivated as an ornamental plant. It prefers moist soil, and grows mostly on exposed rocky slopes and other open, gravelly areas.
It was first reported in the Americas as a weed in 1889.
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